2degrees CEO Eric Hertz held a press conference at the Auckland Town Hall today to announce that since launching in August 2009, the company has acquired 580,112 customers.
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2degrees has signed a $100 million deal with technology partner Huawei to upgrade its mobile network over the next two years.
2degrees is promising to launch post-pay deals before Christmas, but at today’s 3G launch it stuck to a pre-pay data offering.
Mobile phone companies and regulators face a stark choice in the next few years: double the number of cellsites to 5000, allow existing cellsites to be built higher, or take the radical step of sanctioning a single mobile access network that would be shared by all.
The Transport Ministry has clarified the terms of a new law that restricts the use of cellphones in cars, saying that from November it will be illegal to use a mobile phone as a satellite navigation aid while driving.
2degrees chief executive Eric Hertz admitted rear-ending another vehicle at an intersection in Auckland a few weeks ago while glancing at directions on his iPhone, which was mounted on a hands-free kit in his car.
Under the new law, that would be illegal, Transport Ministry spokesman John Summers confirmed. "The Road User Amendment Rule 2009 means drivers will not be able to look at a navigation aid on a mobile phone when driving, even if it is mounted on the dashboard.
"You can use a mobile phone held in a cradle while driving, but only to make, receive or terminate a phone call. You cannot use them in any other way, such as reading a GPS map, reading email or consulting an electronic diary."
The restriction does not apply to navigation systems that do not have a mobile phone function, he says. Mr Hertz expressed surprise at a media report that claimed the other vehicle involved in the accident had been a write-off and that its driver had suffered back injuries requiring weeks off work.
He was not aware of any injuries and the crash was not reported to police.
"We had a chat and exchanged licence plate numbers and insurance details. We both drove off. It was, from my perspective, a relatively minor fender-bender."
The sudden replacement of Mike Reynolds as CEO of mobile provider 2 Degrees does not signal any major changes in strategy of direction, the company’s deputy chairman says.
Thirty-two year telecommunications veteran Eric Hertz spent a month cycling with his wife around New Zealand in 1985. He loved it then, he says, and is looking forward to moving here to lead 2 Degrees' mobile launch next month.