While we see increasing protests in NSW over the rollout of 3G technology, Santa is bringing it all to New Zealand before Christmas – just in time for families to buy the the latest in 3G gadgetry – especially for the kiddies. Watch for a heavy advertising blitz to hit the islands in November.
With all those community protests against the rollout of transmission lines in NZ’s North Island, I wonder if the New Zealanders will catch on to this one?
Telecom’s 3G Mobile Broadband coming before Christmas
June 12, 2005
Telecom is to expand its super fast 3G Mobile
Broadband network to New Zealand’s main towns and
“Mobile Broadband will fundamentally change the way
New Zealanders in the main cities and towns use mobile
technology and make it practical to work away from the
office at speeds that enhance rather than inhibit
efficiency,” said Kevin Kenrick, General Manager of
“Mobile Broadband allows you to connect remotely to
your email and the Internet as fast as a fixed line
Broadband connection. It makes remote working really
“If the response in the provinces and towns is
anything like we’ve had from the main centres we will
see strong uptake from New Zealanders enjoying the
benefits of Mobile Broadband by Christmas 2005.”
As part of its latest 3G development, Telecom will
also expand existing coverage in Auckland, Wellington
“In many cases this will effectively double the
coverage in the main centres while at the same time
supporting our nationwide rollout to main towns and
Mobile Broadband is up to 15 times faster than
Telecom’s existing nationwide 027 network and up to
six times faster than UMTS based services expected to
be offered by Telecom’s competitors later this year.
Mobile Broadband enables Telecom customers who are
away from their offices to send and receive email,
download business information, organise appointments
and access the internet via laptops and handheld
devices at unprecedented high speeds.
Telecom’s mobile broadband will be available by
Christmas in towns and cities including Bay of
Islands, Whangarei, Hamilton, Tauranga, Whakatane,
Rotorua, Tokoroa, Gisborne, Napier, Hastings, Ohakune,
National Park, Turangi, New Plymouth, Stratford,
Hawera, Wanganui, Palmerston North, Masterton,
Martinborough, Carterton, Greytown, Levin, Waikanae,
Paraparaumu, Porirua, Upper Hutt, Lower Hutt, Picton,
Nelson, Blenheim, Kaikoura, Rangiora, Westport,
Greymouth, Ashburton, Timaru, Oamaru, Dunedin,
Balclutha, Gore, Feilding, Invercargill, Auckland,
Wellington, Christchurch, Queenstown, Wanaka, Taupo,
Coromandel plus smaller places nearby like Huntly, Te
Puke, Te Rapa, Thames, Ngongotaha, Helensville, Orewa.
“After Christmas we will continue to expand and
enhance our coverage in these towns and cities to meet
growing customer demands as more New Zealanders choose
to mobilise their way of life.
“This will ensure New Zealanders continue to be right
at the forefront of the global innovations in mobile
Mr Kenrick said the extension of Telecom’s Mobile
Broadband would be funded within the existing capital
expenditure allocated for Mobile in 2005-2006.
Since last November Telecom has introduced 5 new
mobile services as part of its Next Generation of
Mobile Services which can be accessed on Telecom’s 027
network. These include mobile broadband, video
messaging, Push2Talk, video clips (featuring rugby,
news, sports, music and movie trailers) and Song ID.
Telecom’s Mobile Broadband is being delivered in
partnership with Lucent Technologies. Lucent provide
design, software and management for Telecom’s 027