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5G spectrum jockeying begins

Network makers promise next-generation mobile phones will download data faster than fibre. The original goal for 5G cellular was 10 Gbps downloads. Now engineers say 20 Gbps. Without getting deep into electromagnetic physics and radio engineering, this was an ambitious goal. Ambitious, but as the evidence so far shows, realistic. Yet there are challenges. Carriers […]

Spark to start New Zealand 5G network build by 2020

Spark says it is on track to begin rolling out a 5G mobile network in 2020. The company says services will go live later that year. This confirms the date the company has already said it would begin its next generation network build. It depends on the spectrum becoming available, then an auction or other form […]

Preparing New Zealand’s path to 5G

In 2015 I travelled to Shenzhen in China to learn more about 5G mobile technology at Huawei’s headquarters. Huawei’s brand is best known in New Zealand for phone handsets. That is only part of the company’s story. Huawei is also the world’s largest telecoms-equipment-maker and a world-scale economic powerhouse. Spark New Zealand and 2degrees use […]

5G mobile challenge for New Zealand carriers

New Zealand’s mobile carriers are keen to talk about 5G mobile. Telecommunications equipment makers are even keener to talk about it. They have more to gain in the short term. It’s possible they have more to gain in the long term too. The next generation of mobile technology promises a lot. The promises depend on […]

Fixed broadband: “Nothing more than backhaul”

At Computerworld NZ Stuart Corner writes about Spark’s investor update held last week. He quotes Spark NZ managing director Simon Moutter: Customers want wireless everywhere and fixed broadband is nothing more than backhaul to a wireless hub (wi-fi) in most consumer and SME situations. Moutter went on to say Spark plans to be “mostly ex-copper” […]