Telecom to switch off TDMA

30 Mar 2007

Telecom New Zealand’s cellular subsidiary Telecom Mobile is to close its TDMA network tomorrow (Saturday 31 March). The network was launched in August 1987 and was New Zealand’s sole cellular system for around six years, but take-up has been in decline with the spread of GSM and CDMA networks. Telecom says it is now too expensive to maintain the outdated infrastructure and it is also becoming difficult to find spare parts to repair TDMA handsets. TDMA customers have been offered a number of incentives to upgrade, including low-cost handsets and a free call diversion service.

New Zealand