Telecom to keep CDMA network running

21 Mar 2006

Amid rising speculation and controversy over proposals to build a second UMTS network, Telecom New Zealand says it has long term plans to keep its CDMA mobile network operational. In a briefing with telecoms analysts yesterday, Chief Operating Officer Simon Moutter said ‘we have no plans for an alternative UMTS network for the foreseeable future. Our commitment is to ensure that Telecom Mobile customers continue to have access to world class technology and services, and our technology path is committed to delivering that.’ The CEO was reporting on his company’s 2005 network rollout programme to major towns and cities and the upcoming implementation of the faster CDMA EV-DO Revision A network. Telecom confirmed, however, it was on track to shut down its TDMA-based 025 network in 2007.

New Zealand, Spark