New Zealand Getting CDMA Upgrade
Published on: 20th Jun 2006
Note -- this news article is more than a year old.
Lucent Technologies is to upgrade Telecom New Zealand's existing CDMA2000 1xEV DO mobile network with CDMA2000 1xEV DO Revision A (Rev. A) technology which will enable Telecom to support faster lower latency connections and a range of new services. As part of the first phase of the rollout worth USD10 million Telecom plans to make Rev. A technology available in some areas by Christmas additional market deployments will follow in 2007.
Telecom New Zealand is Lucent's first publicly announced Rev. A customer in the Asia-Pacific region.
CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Revision A is an enhanced version of CDMA2000 1xEV-DO that increases the efficiency, data speeds and capacity of existing EV-DO networks, with maximum download (forward link) speeds of up to 3.1 Megabits per second (Mbps), and upload (reverse link) speeds of up to 1.8 Mbps.
Lucent built and manages Telecom New Zealand's CDMA2000 1X network and upgraded it to support CDMA2000 1xEV-DO technology in 2004. As part of the CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev. A project, Lucent Worldwide Services will provide deployment, RF optimization and managed services for the network upgrade.
Lucent New Zealand general manager Jonathan van Smit said Lucent was delighted to be working with Telecom New Zealand on this new project. "New Zealand is a terrific testbed for new technologies and we believe Rev. A will open the door to a whole range of exciting new benefits for Telecom customers," said Mr van Smit. "It also demonstrates the clear evolution path for CDMA technology and significant investment protection afforded by Lucent's solution, which enables Telecom to introduce EV-DO Revision A with simple base station channel card and software enhancements."
Telecom New Zealand ended Q1 '6 with 1.76 million customers, representing a market share of 46%, according to The Mobile World database. Of the subscriber base, 1.46 million are connected to the CDMA2000 1x network."