This blog is by Milla Seppala at Nokia Siemens Networks.
Our latest video features an interview with Vodafone New Zealand, describing the background to the recent launch of the operator’s 4G network in Auckland.
The video covers the reasons for Vodafone New Zealand opting for Nokia Siemens Networks, who sealed the deal with best technology backed by the expertise of its local engineering team.
Even though Nokia Siemens Networks and Vodafone have a twenty year partnership behind them, Vodafone carried out an intensive review of other vendors and concluded that the combination of local support and global experts that Nokia Siemens Networks could provide was a market leading offer.
In the video, Tony Baird, Chief Network Officer of Vodafone New Zealand, outlines the importance of offering New Zealand customers the same 4G experience available in other countries. He also highlights the role of the APT 700 MHz spectrum band for LTE and how Vodafone aims to use it to meet the demands of rural customers. Nokia Siemens Networks upgraded Vodafone’s 2G and 3G networks and jointly completed GSM and LTE refarming, allowing a seamless handover from 3G to 4G.
“The main focus of our network strategy is for our customers to have the best experience for smartphones on our network,” says Chief Technology Officer Sandra Pickering.
As 3G is still dominant in the network, it was natural to give it a leading edge with Dual Cell HSPA+ 900 MHz, which was rolled out as a coverage layer, first in Auckland and eventually right across New Zealand. Dual Cell HSPA+ at 2100 MHz is also being deployed.
Adds Tony Baird: “We now have a good coverage and capacity layer in 3G, as well as leadership in 4G. Having both layers fully operational gives us a seamless user experience in both 3G and 4G.”
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