Mobile coverage comes to Maungaraki - thanks to NZ Comms

By Steve Biddle, in , posted: 30-Jul-2008 19:27

If you live in Maungaraki (a hillside suburb in Lower Hutt) you'll realise that in many parts cellular coverage is terrible. This is because neither Vodafone or Telecom believe there is a need for sites and instead rely on coverage from other sites in the Hutt Valley basin below or in Vodafone's case coverage from a site on Mt Crowther in Wainuiomata.

Good news is on the way however, NZ Communications have applied to the Lower Hutt City Council for permission to put a cellsite at the top of Honeysuckle Grove (near the water tower) which would deliver great coverage. I'm not sure if this will be a standalone mast or panels mounted on the existing water tower which already houses radio gear for several organisations including Smartlinx3 who have equipment for their wireless broadband product.

If NZ Comms can do this why can't Vodafone or Telecom?

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Comment by nzbnw, on 30-Jul-2008 20:37

Gussing this is a 900MHz tower and not a WCDMA one? Infact are NZ Comms still rolling out WCDMA?


Comment by rscole86, on 30-Jul-2008 21:36

WOW! Now my mum and brother would be able to use their mobiles! Or atleast get mobiles that will work!

Comment by snonoz, on 31-Jul-2008 07:48

Excuse my ignorance - this does mean better Vodafone coverage doesn't it?? I SO hate having to stand in one corner of my house in Maungaraki to talk on my phone!

Author's note by sbiddle, on 31-Jul-2008 08:48

No it does not mean better Vodafone coverage. It means if you want better coverage you will have to move to NZ Comms.

NZ Comms have a roaming agreement with Vodafone so once you are outside the NZ Comms network you will roam on Vodafone. It is not a recripical agreement (ie VF won't roam onto NZ Comms network).

Comment by snonoz, on 1-Aug-2008 16:20

OK got it - and I would SO move to NZ Comms if I knew who they were :P

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Steve Biddle
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I'm an engineer who loves building solutions to solve problems.

I also love sharing my views and analysis of the tech world on this blog, along with the odd story about aviation and the travel industry.

My interests and skillset include:

*VoIP (Voice over IP). I work with various brands of hardware and PBX's on a daily basis
  -Asterisk (incl PiaF, FreePBX, Elastix)

  -xDSL deployments

*Structured cabling
  -Home/office cabling
  -Phone & Data

*Computer networking
  -Mikrotik hardware
  -WAN/LAN solutions

*Wireless solutions
  -Motel/Hotel hotspot deployments
  -Outdoor wireless deployments, both small and large scale
  -Temporary wireless deployments
*CCTV solutions
  -Analogue and IP

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