2degrees dispute Vodafone 3G claim

TOM PULLAR-STRECKER
Last updated 16:01 27/09/2012

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2degrees has contested a claim by Vodafone boss Russell Stanners that Vodafone is the only mobile network in New Zealand supporting a superfast 3G technology called dual-carrier HSDPA.

Spokeswoman Charlene White said Vodafone "should be careful about making such claims unless it was absolutely sure they are correct".

Vodafone is expected to make a big play of the "tens of millions of dollars" it has been investing in the technology, which doubles the peak speed of its network, when it starts selling the iPhone 5 tonight.

It allows peak download speeds of 42 megabits per second.Earlier this month, Stanners told Fairfax Vodafone had "exclusive capability in the market - no-one else has launched at that speed".

However, White said that was not true and it was also providing the technology from about 10 per cent of its cellsites.

White said 2degrees hadn't planned to ''make a big song and dance about it'' until it had upgraded more sites. It expected to have upgraded half of its sites by "mid to late next year". 

Vodafone spokeswoman Michelle Baguley said Stanners' claim was accurate to the best of the company's knowledge when he made it.

Twelve per cent of Vodafone's cellsites have been upgraded to dual carrier HSDPA and it plans to have upgraded 52 per cent by March, according to a company presentation. 

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