Telecom and Vodafone roll out 3.5G

1 Jun 2009

Telecom New Zealand has launched its new W-CDMA-based ‘XT’ network to over 97% of households nationwide. The network provides 3.5G mobile broadband services over HSDPA, HSUPA and HSPA+ technology supplied and deployed by Alcatel-Lucent. Telecom CEO, Paul Reynolds, said, ‘New Zealanders are demanding fast, ubiquitous and future-ready mobile technology at their fingertips. Alcatel-Lucent has played a central role in helping Telecom to deliver this vision. Their ability to integrate across all our platforms made them the logical choice to construct our W-CDMA network.’

Meanwhile, rival cellco Vodafone has completed the deployment of its own 3G network, expanding the coverage of its W-CDMA and HSDPA networks to 97% of the population. On 3 March CommsUpdate reported that Vodafone would complete the expansion a year earlier than originally announced. Russell Stanners, CEO of Vodafone New Zealand, said, ‘Over half a million customers are enjoying the benefits of our 3G network today. We have invested nearly NZD3 billion (USD1.92 billion) in New Zealand, continually improving and extending our network through a progression of technology evolutions.’

Subscribe



Feedback

Have feedback, corrections, or story ideas? Send them to editors@commsupdate.com.

Browse Past Issues

Filter

Filter CommsUpdate by the following categories or use the search.

Search

Visit our help page information on performing advanced searches, including how to restrict the results by country or company.

Advertise

CommsUpdate is an outstanding advertising venue for companies seeking to reach:

  • International carriers
  • Wholesale service providers
  • Equipment and software vendors
  • Telecom investors
  • Regulators

Learn more about advertising on CommsUpdate.

Share