Spark New Zealand (formerly Telecom New Zealand) and Huawei have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to expand their existing network partnership and boost mobile coverage across the telco’s 3G and 4G networks. The two companies formed their partnership as part of a Joint Innovation Programme in 2013, and the Chinese vendor has subsequently played a key role in Spark’s 700MHz Long Term Evolution (LTE) drive.
As part of the deal Huawei will upgrade Spark’s 3G network nationwide, replacing the existing equipment with a cutting edge Single Radio Access Network (SRAN) platform. SRAN allows operators to support multiple network technologies (e.g. 3G and 4G) over a single ‘box’, removing the need to operate and maintain multiple networks independently. In addition, Spark has already made carrier aggregation (CA) technology available on six of its 4G base transceiver stations (BTS).
A signing ceremony to mark the deal took place in Karaka, Auckland, and was attended by Chinese President Xi Jinping and New Zealand Prime Minister John Key.