Telecom and Vodafone roll out 3.5G

1 Jun 2009

Telecom New Zealand has launched its new W-CDMA-based ‘XT’ network to over 97% of households nationwide. The network provides 3.5G mobile broadband services over HSDPA, HSUPA and HSPA+ technology supplied and deployed by Alcatel-Lucent. Telecom CEO, Paul Reynolds, said, ‘New Zealanders are demanding fast, ubiquitous and future-ready mobile technology at their fingertips. Alcatel-Lucent has played a central role in helping Telecom to deliver this vision. Their ability to integrate across all our platforms made them the logical choice to construct our W-CDMA network.’

Meanwhile, rival cellco Vodafone has completed the deployment of its own 3G network, expanding the coverage of its W-CDMA and HSDPA networks to 97% of the population. On 3 March CommsUpdate reported that Vodafone would complete the expansion a year earlier than originally announced. Russell Stanners, CEO of Vodafone New Zealand, said, ‘Over half a million customers are enjoying the benefits of our 3G network today. We have invested nearly NZD3 billion (USD1.92 billion) in New Zealand, continually improving and extending our network through a progression of technology evolutions.’