Chathams set to get first cellphone service

TOM PULLAR-STRECKER
Last updated 17:31 09/04/2014

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NZX-listed TeamTalk has won a $2.5 million contract from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment to provide wireless broadband to the Chatham Islands.

The deal will also probably see Chathams residents get their first cellphone service.

Chief executive David Ware said the Wellington-based firm would ship about 10 tonnes of telecommunications equipment to the Chathams to build five wireless broadband and cell sites that would connect the community and its three schools.

"Everything will be constructed to withstand some of the most extreme weather conditions seen anywhere," he said.

"To ensure the best possible service, we'll be installing some special ADSL equipment, along with wireless broadband, which will all be connected to an on-island internet cache and a high-capacity satellite service for backhaul."

The cellular service, which depended on the company reaching agreements with mobile operators, would be the icing on the cake, he said.

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