Third cellular network faces delays

10 Sep 2007

NZ Communications says it may not meet the launch schedule for its planned national wireless network as it is struggling to sign roaming and co-location agreements with rival operators Telecom New Zealand and Vodafone. NZ Communications said in March this year that it planned to launch a commercial cellular service within 18 months, but the National Business Review reports that the firm is becoming increasingly frustrated at setbacks in signing agreements with established telcos. NZ Communications received both GSM and 3G spectrum back in 2001, when it was still known as Econet Wireless NZ, but has struggled to get its network deployment off the ground.