Dunedin is the conspicuous name missing from the list of
centres in which Telecom will launch its 4G network on
Also missing is Hamilton, but Auckland, Wellington and
Christchurch will have 4G available on both prepaid and
pay-monthly services, at no additional cost on Telecom's
Telecom retail chief executive Chris Quin said the initial
focus was on rolling out 4G in the ''main population
centres'', as it was the quickest and most efficient way to
give the most people access to 4G.
''We are still committed to extending our 4G footprint across
more of our national network and we will announce our plans
in due course.''
Vodafone has 4G services in Queenstown. A Vodafone
spokeswoman told the Otago Daily Times Dunedin and
Invercargill were likely to be switched to 4G in the first
quarter of next year but the Octagon area of Dunedin would be
4G-enabled before Christmas.
Mr Quin said one of the factors Telecom needed to consider
was the impact of the upcoming auction by the Government of
700MHz. The 700MHz spectrum range was appealing for the
roll-out as it enabled better economics of coverage in less
populous areas than the 1800MHz range currently being used
for LTE (long-term evolution).
The 4G services would use LTE technology over the 1800MHz
To access 4G, customers needed to be in a coverage area, own
a 4G-capable phone enabled to work on the Telecom mobile
network and upgrade to a 4G Sim card.
Most higher-end mobile devices introduced in the past year or
so were 4G capable and more devices would be launched in
coming weeks, Mr Quin said.
4G: The speed and standards of this technology needs to
be at least 100 Megabits per second and up to 1Gigabit per
second to pass as 4G. It also needs to share the network
resources to support more simultaneous connections on the
cell. As it develops, 4G could surpass the speed of the
average wireless broadband home internet connection.
4G LTE (long-term evolution): The buzzword is a
version of 4G which is becoming the latest advertised
technology but still not true 4G, as the standards are
When you start hearing about LTE Advanced and WiMax release
2, then we will be talking about true fourth-generation
wireless technologies, because they are the only two formats
recognised by the International Telecommunications Union as
true 4G, at this time.
WiMax, Worldwide interoperability for Microwave
access: Should be capable of around 40 Megabits per
second, with a range of 50km.