UK-based wholesale network operator Dense Air has announced that it has partnered with New Zealand’s Spark to make the first live call via Dense Air’s ‘Radio-Network-as-a-Service’ solution. Both voice and data calls, including VoLTE calls, were made over Dense Air’s 2.6GHz radio network, directly into Spark’s core network. The partners believe this integration between networks opens up the potential for Spark to deliver targeted capacity and coverage in a flexible, agile manner that has not been easily available previously.
In addition, Spark and Dense Air have agreed on a spectrum swap in the 2.6GHz band to align their spectrum holdings into contiguous 2×35MHz blocks. Spark and Dense Air believe that the reallocation will result in more efficient use of spectrum and therefore create the potential for better mobile services for New Zealanders.
Dense Air CEO Paul Senior stated: ‘We are very pleased to announce this first live call over Spark’s network, and the realignment of our spectrum holdings in NZ. In combination with the recently offered 40MHz of 3.5GHz spectrum, Dense Air is well positioned to help New Zealanders get the best possible mobile services.’
Renee Mateparae, Technology Evolution Lead at Spark, added: ‘Dense Air’s solutions provide options to extend our coverage and capacity in non-traditional ways. We continue to evaluate these solutions which could help keep Kiwis better connected in higher density areas like large buildings and high foot traffic locations such as central city districts and shopping malls.’