Telecom New Zealand to Launch LTE in November

Telecom New Zealand has announced that its LTE based 4G network will launch on 12 November in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch – and will be available to both prepaid and pay-monthly customers at no additional cost on Telecom’s current plans.

The 4G plans were released on the same day that Telecom introduced a new-look retail brand, featuring the Telecom ‘spark’ in a range of new colours, in addition to the traditional blue.

Telecom’s Chief Operating Officer David Havercroft said 4G services will use LTE¬†technology over the 1800MHz spectrum band.

The network build has progressed extremely well, with promising results from testing and excellent collaboration between vendors Huawei, Cisco and Ericsson, in conjunction with existing 3G network technology provider Alcatel-Lucent”

The government is also due to auction off blocks of 700 MHz spectrum, which the company has said it is participating in.

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