US-based CDMA Development Group (CDG) says Telecom New Zealand is "expected to announce" a decision to adopt CDMA (code division multiple access) wireless technology instead of the European standard, cdma2000.
However, Glen Sowry, Telecom media communications manager, denies that Telecom is about to make any announcement on wireless technology. "We are looking at what CDMA has to offer but no business case has been written yet - we're very much in an exploratory phase, looking at what will suit our needs in future," he says.
The CDG is organising an Australian "international congress" in Sydney on March 15 and 16 in response, it says, to Telstra's adoption of CDMA and the "expected similar announcement" by Telecom New Zealand.
Speakers at the planned congress are to include Tony Bundock, Telstra general manager, Katherine Moody, manager of spectrum management for the New Zealand Ministry of Commerce, Perry LaForge, executive -director of CDG, William Lee, vice president and chief scientist for AirTouch -Communications and Mark Kelly, Leap Wireless International (OZPHONE) chief technical officer.