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Send your old phones to Starship Childrens Hospital

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 15-May-2009 13:58

Now that we have Telecom New Zealand's new 3G network coming up, plus Vodafone's 900MHz network up in many places is a good time to get new mobile phone handsets.

What to do with the old phones? Recycle them. Better still, send those old handsets to the Starship Childrens Hospital, where they will be sorted out, reused or recycled as required.

My first mobile data XT Network experience

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 11-May-2009 17:53

I've just inserted a Telecom XT Network SIM card into my Windows Mobile device (an AT&T Pantech Matrix Pro, 850 MHz, WCDMA/HSUPA), plugged it via USB to my laptop and this is the first speedtest result:

Not bad for a test with no preparation (programs running in background, VPN active, etc). Also note this is not the XT Network max speed but indeed the device's max speed.

More testing to come, but so far so good...

I have some I.T. Rockstar t-shirts to giveaway

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 8-May-2009 13:44

As posted in my Twitter, I have a couple of I.T. Rockstar t-shirts to giveaway...

To be in to win just post a comment here about who you would nominate for I.T. Rockstar or who of the I.T. Rockstar nominees would get your vote and I will draw a few names from here and Twitter next Monday 11th May in the evening.

Vodafone and Telecom settle out of court

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 7-May-2009 08:52

After a day full of rumours both companies had their time to explain their side on the Vodafone vs Telecom case.

At the end the companies decided to settle and issued a press release about the topic. Telecom has agreed to extend the program to deploy filters on their network to prevent further interference, at the same time delaying the launch of XT Network to the end of May 2009.

Vodafone agreed to drop the case.

Google Trends shows search for Telecom vs Vodafone

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 7-May-2009 08:08

Here's an interesting moving comparison chart of New Zealand-based searches of "Telecom" and "Vodafone":

Looking at this it seems (at least until about April 2009) people searched more for "Telecom" than "Vodafone". Sign of popularity?

Vodafone vs Telecom: Statement of Claim

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 4-May-2009 22:35

Here it is then, Vodafone Statement of Claim (PDF download). A discussion on Geekzone is already going on here, this time with some technical comments since we know the claim.

This document lists all the points Vodafone New Zealand makes on its case against Telecom New Zealand.

The hearing is set for this Wednesday 6th May 10am in the Auckland High Court.

Note this is what Vodafone claims. We still have to see what is Telecom's answer - and any findings by experts...

Vodafone vs Telecom: what Twitter remembers

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 3-May-2009 22:16

We all know about Vodafone moving an action against Telecom claiming some of Telecom's new equipment is causing some interference with the existing Vodafone network. This has been on the news, blogs, forums around.

There's a long discussion on Geekzone about this, with mostly "opinions" since people in the know are not talking - smart move since the matter is now before courts.

But twenty days before the action was publicised, I posted something on Twitter about this "interference". Here is the sequence (click the names for the original tweets):

@freitasm (2:50 PM Apr 11th): "I heard that @telecomnz new 850MHz equipment is interfering with @vodafonenz 900MHz frequencies"

@vodafonenz (3:10 PM Apr 11th): "@freitasm not that I've heard. How could it? Like 99FM interfering with 104FM isn't it?"

@freitasm (3:51 PM Apr 11th): "@vodafonenz yes something ike that. Bad filters I hear...."

@nealrich (4:59 PM Apr 11th): "@freitasm like @vodafonenz there are a number of us who would like to know more"

@vodafonenz (5:07 PM Apr 11th): "@freitasm well I've heard nothing like that I"m afraid... who did you hear that from?"

About 20 days before the news about this action came out both sides denied anything about interference. Of course this doesn't prove they didn't know - and doesn't prove they did know.

But it was already a rumour back then, which means if it's really an interference, then someone else knew it was happening. Since this is out in the open on Twitter I think I can publish it here to refresh some people's memories...

The hearing dates for this case will be set Monday 4th May. I am really looking forward to seeing the results of this. Interesting times.

Vodafone moves against Telecom new XT Mobile Network

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 1-May-2009 17:24

As posted in our forums:

Vodafone in court to defend customers

Vodafone has received a number of media enquiries relating to legal proceedings over network-related issues.

Vodafone can confirm that it has begun legal proceedings following a significant rise in the number of customer complaints relating to interference on its network.

These complaints led to testing which showed serious interference to Vodafone’s network caused by Telecom’s network, which is still under construction.

Because the matter is now before the Court, Vodafone will not be making any further comment until after the matter is resolved.

This is Telecom's answer:


Telecom New Zealand said today Vodafone had threatened legal proceedings over the launch of Telecom’s new XT mobile network.

“This is a piece of aggressive behaviour that betrays Vodafone’s insecurities about competition from Telecom’s new XT mobile network, just 13 days away from launch,” said Telecom chief executive Paul Reynolds.

“Telecom will vigorously resist the request for an injunction, and we remain on target to bring world-class 3G mobile services to New Zealanders from 6.30pm on 13 May.”

Telecom’s compliance with the terms of its licences was recently confirmed by the Ministry for Economic Development, as part of its investigation into interference issues between the WCDMA technology used by Telecom, and the GSM technology used by Vodafone and NZ Communications.

Following a series of test measurements and analysis…Telecom’s WCDMA transmitters meet the emission limits specified on spectrum licences issued pursuant to Telecom’s management rights. (From MED letter, 9 April)

Dr Reynolds said, on the information received so far, Vodafone’s technical problems with coverage and other issues were substantially of its own making, and not the responsibility of Telecom New Zealand.

“They are now reaping the cost of this and other poor technical decisions, and attempting to lay them at the feet of Telecom, just a few days out from the launch of our XT network.

“This timing is curious to say the least, and observers will draw their own conclusions.

“Telecom’s engineers have already been working with their counterparts at Vodafone, for several weeks now, to resolve these issues and this process has been working well.  We are disappointed that Vodafone has taken such extreme steps over an issue that can be resolved in a more constructive way – and most New Zealanders will be too.

“The XT network launch on 13 May will be a great day for New Zealand mobile customers, whereas today will only be seen as a sign of desperation by a global telecommunications giant,” said Paul Reynolds.

Telecom Big Year

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 29-Apr-2009 13:52

With all the work done to deliver a new mobile network on time, conform to separation undertakings, and all else, I guess Telecom New Zealand wanted to thank their people... I found this video on YouTube today:

Telecom XT Network launch date confirmed: 13th May 2009

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 27-Apr-2009 09:30

According to Telecom's presence on Twitter the launch date for the XT Network is 13th May 2009 - ahead of schedule.

Telecom New Zealand's new network is based on WCDMA 850MHz, the same frequency used by Telstra in Australia and AT&T in the U.S. This ensures high level of compatibility for roaming customers.

As usual, discussion on Geekzone.

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