Cellcos settle dispute out of court

7 May 2009

According to Reuters, Vodafone New Zealand has agreed to drop an injunction that could have blocked the launch of Telecom New Zealand’s new 3G ‘XT’ network. As reported by CommsUpdate on 1 May, Vodafone sought legal action claiming that the new 850MHz W-CDMA network was causing interference to its 900MHz customers. The company withdrew its complaint after Telecom agreed to tackle technical issues caused by the new service by installing filters to Vodafone’s network. A similar agreement has also been reached with rival cellco NZ Communications. ‘Telecom has agreed to extend its network filter installation programme, in order to help resolve the interference issues identified as impacting Vodafone mobile customers.’ Telecom said in a statement. The work will delay the launch of the ‘XT’ network until the end of the May.