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Telecom New Zealand Taps Huawei for 700Mhz LTE Trials

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Telecom New Zealand has awarded a contract to Huawei to trial LTE services over its 700Mhz spectrum. The trial will be on a non commercial basis with selection customers only.

Telecom noted that the 700MHz spectrum will be important in bringing 4G services to most of New Zealand, as it delivers greater reach and enhanced in-building coverage over other higher band frequencies. This makes it more efficient to build and ideally suited for delivering 4G services in regional areas.

New Zealand is one of the first countries in the world to clear and reallocate a portion of the APT700 band plan (otherwise known as the Digital Dividend spectrum) to support mobile broadband usage. While the Government's 700 MHz spectrum auction has not yet concluded, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has approved temporary use of the spectrum for trial purposes.

Telecom Chief Operating Officer David Havercroft says the trial will help Telecom to hit the ground running once the spectrum becomes commercially available, speeding up the delivery of Telecom's 4G mobile network beyond the major metropolitan centres.

Telecom has already committed to buy 700 MHz spectrum in the Government's auction and plans to deploy this spectrum once the auction process has concluded.

The upcoming trial will be conducted by Telecom in conjunction with Huawei over 11 cell sites spread across three Waikato locations including central Hamilton and the Mystery Creek Events Centre.

Testing will begin in late May and run for approximately four weeks.

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