Size of IS shop: 292
Mobile PCs: 979
Hand-held devices: 600
Total screens: 2837
Industry: Information — telecommunications
PC environment: Windows XP, HP, Dell
Server environment: HP; Windows NT, XP; Sun; Compaq/Digital
DBMS: Informix, Oracle
Address: 20 Viaduct Harbour Avenue, Auckland
Key IS projects this year: Not disclosed.
Vodafone New Zealand’s network consists of more than 1200 mobile phone sites, providing GSM digital communication services on the 900 and 1800 megahertz parts of the radio spectrum.
As Vodafone New Zealand technology director Ken Tunnicliffe was unavailable for comment at the time the MIS 100 went to press, this profile has been compiled using the best information available.
In April, Vodafone New Zealand announced the creation of the Telecommunications Industry Group (TIG), comprised of leading telecommunications investors. Vodafone NZ CEO Russell Stanners, inaugural chair of the group, said TIG’s aim is to improve the way its members invest in telecommunications infrastructure within New Zealand by creating a “more efficient, more sustainable approach to industry investment”.
“As an industry we’ve been challenged by government to work better together, to deliver on the promise of a telecommunications industry that works for all New Zealanders. We’ve got some big hurdles to cross, but in setting up this group we’ve taken the first step on the journey,” Stanners said in a press statement.
The existence of TIG wouldn’t slow competition in the market. “This year, more than ever before, we will fight for every customer in a market that’s more competitive than at any time in New Zealand’s history,” said Stanners.
In April, the Australian Financial Review quoted Vodafone Australia’s head of infotainment Matthew Whittingham, who said Vodafone has forecast considerable revenue growth in data services during the next 12 months due to more affordable data tariffs, growth in the number of smart phones in use, along with the increased use of online services and content through mobile phones.
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