Telecom New Zealand has confirmed that it will switch off its CDMA mobile network in mid-2012, and will migrate all of its customers on to its W-CDMA/HSPA-based XT network. Further, the company will close its CDMA-based WorldMode Roaming service on 28 October this year, and its domestic CDMAxEV-DO data network on 30 November. WorldMode customers will be able to use their phones as normal in New Zealand until the CDMA network is closed mid-2012, but the devices will no longer work in many overseas destinations. Telecom NZ said all CDMA voice and text services will remain in operation until mid-2012.
All CDMA-based customers will be encouraged to migrate to the firm’s W-CDMA network, dubbed XT. As reported in CommsUpdate on 11 May, Alca-Lu offered NZD100 million (USD73 million) to Telecom New Zealand as compensation for the series of network outages earlier this year.