Telecom is investing more than half a billion dollars in the national rollout of a new 3G mobile network by June next year. The network will use WCDMA (Wideband Code Division Multiple Access) technology on a frequency of 850 MHZ.
Telecom CEO Paul Reynolds says this frequency will allow mobile broadband speeds up to three times faster than any current network.
“Telecom customers will get the very best coverage in New Zealand and abroad. Mobile customers will have a service which will operate uniquely well on networks in Australia.”
The company has partnered with telecommunications company Alcatel Lucent who will be building the WCDMA network.
Telecom Retail CEO Alan Gourdie says the technology used will extend the 3G network to 97 percent of New Zealanders.
“This will be genuine coverage for all New Zealanders, not just those who live in the cities.”
In the future Telecom hopes to reach 100 per cent of the population.
Music and video users will be well served, adds Gourdie.
“It will take you only 14 seconds to download an average music file. That’s important as the longer it takes to download the more chance of corruption.”
Telecom will be offering the service on new handsets developed by companies such as Sony Ericsson, Nokia and Motorola.
No pricing plans were announced. Existing Telecom customers will have the first chance to migrate to the new network.
Fairfax Business Media
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