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Junior New Zealand telco Two Degrees Mobile is getting ready to roll out 4G, with deployment to start in 2014. The decision to launch into the 4G market follows confirmation of a funding facility from the Bank of New Zealand, worth $NA165 million. Chinese vendor Huawei, which built its current 3G network. The BNZ funding will …

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Love the use of "junior teleco". What happens when it reaches puberty and breaks out in spots or does it current rumoured poor network performance count as "black spots"?

2degrees history is not really winning spectrum from a treaty claim. It was born out of Econet and NZ communications with some Maori partners bringing in some spectrum that was bought at a small discount to enable services to start in earnest.

Anyway a 3rd player in the LTE space will be excellent news for the Kiwi consumer, Telecom are due to roll out their services I think in next few months so Vodafone's monopoly will end shortly.

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If using Huawei kit, which seems to give some spooky IT people concerns

will their subscribes be excluded from having their calls backed up by the Echelon recording facility? (which I beleive also covers NZ). If it works in a different way of course then the question may be irrelevant.

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Re: If using Huawei kit, which seems to give some spooky IT people concerns

Considering both grown up cell co's or their fixed line parts both contain H***** kit as well, its a bit of a mute point.

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