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Spectrum buy catapultes Dense Air into NZ cellular

The arrival of Dense Air has big implications for New Zealand’s cellular market, apart from anything else it will spice up the next spectrum auction. London-based Dense Air has purchased a considerable amount of New Zealand wireless spectrum from Malcolm Dick’s Blue Reach business and Cayman Wireless. The company intends to set up a wholesale […]

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 […]

Behind Spark’s slow-burn 4.5G plan

Last week Spark installed new 4.5G technology on five Queenstown cellular towers. They mean the region now has New Zealand’s fastest mobile data network. The Queenstown towers join one-off upgraded Spark towers in Christchurch and Silverdale. Upgrading Queenstown is Spark’s latest move to squeeze the most from its cellular spectrum. It’s been doing this since buying […]

Spark, Huawei crack 1Gbps with Christchurch 4.5G

Phones connected to Spark’s Central Christchurch mobile site can now download data at 1Gbps. Or, to be more accurate, they will when the hardware arrives in New Zealand later this year. Spark has worked with Huawei to upgrade its Central Christchurch cell-site to 4.5G. The company’s Hereford Street building houses the Pacific region’s first commercial […]