Telecom New Zealand has announced that it will begin trialling Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology using 700MHz ‘digital dividend’ spectrum next month, alongside partner Huawei Technologies. The non-commercial trial, which will involve selected customers, will utilise eleven cell sites spread across three Waikato locations, including central Hamilton and the Mystery Creek Events Centre. Testing will begin in late May and run for approximately four weeks. Although the government’s 700MHz spectrum auction has not technically concluded, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has approved temporary use of the spectrum for trial purposes.
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