Technology Nov 2007
Mobile joins the bundle
Closing the cellular divide
Mobile phone penetration in New Zealand has maxed out with enough phones in circulation for every man, woman and child but still the pressure is on for fancier phones, faster networks and more service providers to get in on the game.
In the June
quarter Vodafone announced it had an overall subscriber base of 2.268
million, 168,000 more than the 2006 quarter, further consolidating its
position as market leader ahead of Telecomís 1,936 million customers.
Telecom mobile and Vodafone are engaged in an ongoing battle to build third generation, or 3G networks, which are faster and more suited to delivering location-based services, music downloads, video conferencing, TV and movie clips.
The underlying technological incompatibility between both major mobile networks is also being addressed. Sure you can talk, txt and pxt between them but you couldnít change networks without changing phones and numbers prior to April this year. Now you can take your number with you and Telecom is building a hybrid component to its new network that is compatible with the Vodafone GSM standard.
has struck a reseller arrangement with Telecom for its new mobile
service due to launch in the new year and Orcon, now owned by Kordia,
will also launch its own mobile service from February essentially
reselling Vodafone. It claims it will be much cheaper than rival
carriers with a range of new services, ultimately including mobile TV.
The long promised arrival of NZ Communications (formerly Econet) as
another discount provider is expected to further fuel the mobile price
$300 million high-speed network, offering GSM/EDGE technology in rural
and urban areas, and a full third generation wideband W-CDMA/HSPA
service for the cities, are expected to go live late from 2008 and
provide a more robust platform for 027 customers.
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