Telecom NZ dumping CDMA? ..Well at least according to NZ Herald

By Steve Biddle, in , posted: 26-Jun-2006 15:11

Well the Herald would certainly want you to think that!

The Herald is going downhill big time, crap articles like this are further proof

How does Nokia stopping the manufacture of CDMA phones lead them to the conclusion that Telecom will have to dump CDMA? The fact Nokia make up such a small % of CDMA handset shipments is one of the reasons why they are focusing on GSM and WCDMA!

And the brainless journalist doesn't even realise that if Telecom where to move away from CDMA it to be to WCDMA and not GSM!

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Comment by juha, on 26-Jun-2006 16:06

Point of order (or something) - I don't know how this works, but doesn't WCDMA require a GSM network underneath? I mean, all the devices I've seen bar the data cards of course fall back to GSM when WCDMA isn't available.

Comment by Jama, on 26-Jun-2006 17:18

You can build HSDPA networks now that do not require GSM. Telstra will someday switch off GSM and run HSDPA 850MHz only. The argument is that if you have extensive enough coverage why do you need a GSM fall back. Of course the device could acquire GSM on a roaming network if required.

Comment by bradstewart, on 26-Jun-2006 17:34

Don't you just want to shoot the herald reporters? Nothing but sensationalism in the press nowdays.

Comment by Aloha, on 26-Jun-2006 17:40

To sbiddle: There are bigger things happening in the background you could imagine. This NZ Herald is still a speculation though, but... To juha: no, you dont need GSM underneath WCDMA. You can built a true GSM-free WCDMA network anywhere. To all: you'll see, as soon as the 850-900MHz WCDMA will be available (mainly from HW point of view and frequency licence point of view) then Operators will not need to invest into GSM any more. It will take many years, but GSM will become an old-fashioned type of network and Operators will probably switch it off.

Comment by inane, on 26-Jun-2006 18:39

only problem is what the market drives, can anyone tell me, (so i dont have to google) what networks are available in china?

Comment by Jama, on 26-Jun-2006 19:42

GSM is already 'old fashioned'

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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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