Telecom Mobile expects to delay LTE launch

26 Sep 2013

Telecom Mobile, Telecom New Zealand’s wireless unit, has signalled that it is likely to push back the launch of its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) service, but added that its network may be available in more places at launch than it initially indicated. Although no specific details have been made public, spokeswoman Lucy Fullarton told Stuff.co.nz: ‘[It is] looking like the commercial launch might be a little bit later but broader than the original plan’.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, in April 2013 Telecom chief technology officer David Havercroft confirmed that Chinese vendor Huawei had 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 upgrade. Earlier that month company representatives revealed that Telecom planned to offer LTE connectivity across on two-thirds of its Auckland network by October and 60% of Wellington and Christchurch by December.

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