According to Stuff.co.nz, Telecom New Zealand says that it will have Long Term Evolution (LTE) up and running ‘on a large part’ of its Telecom Mobile network in Auckland by October followed by Wellington and Christchurch by Christmas. However, Telecom spokeswoman Lucy Fullarton said that the company had not yet decided whether to follow Vodafone and charge a premium for 4G access.
In related news, Telecom chief technology officer David Havercroft confirmed that Chinese vendor Huawei has been awarded the contract to roll out the LTE network, although US-based Cisco and Sweden’s Ericsson will also be providing equipment for the 4G upgrade. Havercroft commented: ‘Over the past three months we have been trialling Huawei’s 4G LTE technology in Auckland and Rotorua. Our testing has encompassed some very exciting new developments like carrier aggregation which allows us to use two different spectrums simultaneously, and in our trials it produced maximum peak speeds of up to 250Mbps’.