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    Santa brings 3G to New Zealand

    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
    Telecom Mobile.

    “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
    and Christchurch.

    “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

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