Telecom New Zealand has denied reports that it is looking to spend up to NZD1.2 billion (USD833 million) to roll out a hybrid CDMA/W-CDMA 3G network. The firm is now the only CDMA-based 3G operator in Australasia, and reports have suggested that it is considering switching to the more popular W-CDMA standard. But Kevin Kendrick, head of Telecom’s consumer division, has dismissed the rumours as ‘ridiculous’. He told local newspaper The Dominion Post that Telecom would only switch to a GSM-based system if it offered the best long-term solution. He added that dual-mode CDMA/W-CDMA phones, which enable Telecom’s CDMA subscribers to user their service worldwide, are becoming more affordable.