Spark ignites 700MHz LTE network

28 Aug 2014

Spark New Zealand (formerly Telecom New Zealand) has launched its first 700MHz Long Term Evolution (LTE) services via twelve sites in the Waikato region, including central Hamilton, Morrisonville and surrounding areas. While the operator admits that there are currently only two compatible devices able to run on the network, it is expecting to be offering around ten devices to customers by the end of December, while it is also planning to expand coverage to Rotorua by the same date.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Spark won 15MHz of paired 700MHz spectrum in a government auction last October, adding a further 2×5MHz block in January. It has been offering 1800MHz LTE services since November 2013, with coverage of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, but the new networks in the lower band will enable it to expand coverage at a quicker rate.


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