Telecom announces 4G trial

Full deployment will be finalised when govt makes decision on 700MHz allocation, says Reynolds

Telecom will be conducting live trials of Long Term Evolution (LTE) or 4G technology later this year.

A spokesperson for Telecom has confirmed the trials will be run in Auckland and Wellington, with other locations yet to be confirmed.

Telecom customers, including businesses, can register their interest for the trials on the Telecom website.

LTE is a radio specification standard administered by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), which itself is made up of several standards bodies.

According to 3GPP, LTE can reach downlink speeds of 10 to 300 Mbps, and uplink speeds of 5 to 75 Mbps. Telecom has not confirmed what speeds its trial participants will receive, or if they will trial different speeds for different customers.

Paul Reynolds, Telecom CEO, says the trial will be the starting point for the company’s adoption of 4G network technology, which will be finalised once the government has auctioned the 700 MHz spectrum.

“The Ministry of Economic Development is yet to announce its detailed plans for the auction of 700 MHz spectrum, which will be important for widespread, cost effective, 4G deployment. But Telecom nevertheless intends to continue on and build real-world experience of 4G operations through this trial,” says Reynolds.

“4G will deliver an even faster mobile data experience for customers and underpin the performance of more and more advanced smart devices and the applications and services they run. “

Overseas LTE has been rolled out in some areas in the US, Australia, Europe, and Japan. Popular devices like the new iPad support LTE technology, but currently specific to what is available in the US.

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