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2degrees NZ Network Review

Posted on 21 February 2010 by mobile-phones

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2 Degrees Logo2 Degrees Mobile was launched in New Zealand during August in 2009 after 9 years of planning. It was a British and US owned enterprise which initally offered prepaid mobile services and no contract plans.

Over the years 2degrees has spent over $250m on building network capacity in the major cities across New Zealand including Christchurch, Wellington, Auckland and Queenstown. In areas without 2degrees coverage the handsets will roam across the Vodafone Network via a national roaming agreement which has been set up.

2degrees now have over 200,000 customers that have signed up to the service and a growing at a rapid rate as they start to establish themselves as a player in the mobile phone market.

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Telstraclear NZ Network Review

Posted on 20 February 2010 by mobile-phones

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TelstraClear was established in 1996 by Telstra New Zealand. Telstra NZ expanded its operations into the Mobile market and installed switched in both Wellington and Auckland to manage outgoing and incoming international calls.

Then in 2000 Saturn Communications was sold by Austar United Communications (it’s parent company) to a new joint venture with Telstra which became known as TelstraSaturn.

TelstraClear was created by the merger of Clear Communications and Telstra’s TelstraSaturn in late 2001. Austar United Communications initially held a 42% investement in TelstraClear before selling it back to Telstra. TelstraClear is now the third largest mobile phone network in New Zealand behind Vodafone NZ and Telecom NZ.

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Telecom NZ Network Review

Posted on 20 February 2010 by mobile-phones

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Telecom New Zealand LogoTelecom was established in 1987 from a division of the NZ Post Office before being privatised in 1990. At the time Telecom had a monopoly of all phone lines in New Zealand.

Telcom Mobile is the second largest mobile opertor in New Zealand behind Vodafone. Telecom Mobile used to operate AMPS, Digitial D-AMPS/TDMA and now operates CDMA. The D-AMPS and AMPS service was sold under the ‘025′ brand and the CDMA services are sold under the ‘027′ brand. In March 2007 Telecom Mobile turned off the ‘025′ network and most of the Telecom customers were migrated to the ‘027′ network, which is marketed as a T3G third-generation mobile system.

In May 2009 Telcom Mobile launched a network called the XT Mobile Network based on the WCDMA HSPA technology.

Telecom Mobile’s market share has dropped every year since Vodafone New Zealand bought out BellSouth in the late 1990s. However, with the new 3G Network launched under the brand name T3G, Telecom Mobile has started to claw back some market share from Vodafone New Zealand. This meant that in 2005 Telecom reported they had acquired 72,000 new mobile phone customers, compared to just 27,000 for Vodafone NZ.

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