NZ Comms to launch in August

11 May 2009

Reuters reports that New Zealand Communications (NZ Comms) will launch mobile services in August 2009. The company, which will become the country’s third mobile operator, is branding itself as ‘2degrees’ for the launch. Chief Executive Mike Reynolds said, ‘Almost everyone in New Zealand has a mobile phone, but they use it far less than almost anywhere else in the world, and that is due to the high cost.’ The cellco has invested NZD250 million (USD151 million) on its network infrastructure in major cities including Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington and will provide nationwide coverage through a roaming agreement with Vodafone’s GSM network.

Meanwhile Telecom NZ has confirmed that it will launch its new 3G XT network on 29 May.