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Mobile Broadband Upgrade Complete

Mobile Broadband Upgrade Complete

Telecom’s upgrade to its nationwide Mobile Broadband network with ‘rev a’
technology is now complete.

The last mobile site to be upgraded was at the remote Pihanga Trig, near
Turangi, with technicians flying to the site by helicopter. The site
provides Mobile Broadband coverage on the Desert Road, State Highway One.

Telecom General Manager of Business Products, Martin Butler says the $18.5
million rollout - which began in Auckland in December last year - has been
very successful.

“Mobile Broadband is now available to around 80 percent of the places
where New Zealanders live and work and is being increasingly used outside
the main urban centres,” he said.

Mobile Broadband can be used on some mobile phones, and by laptops or
notebook computers using a Mobile Broadband data device.

The technology enables Telecom customers to surf the Internet, download
and upload larges files, and to check their emails and online calendars.

Telecom’s upgraded Mobile Broadband cell sites on average enable download
speeds of 800 kilobits per second and upload speeds of 300Kbps, making it
easier to work away from home or the office.

“We’re hearing many excellent stories about how the technology has changed
the way people access the Internet – for the better. Our enhanced service
is delivering faster mobile data services to more places than ever so more
people can experience the benefits,” he said.

Telecom has three Mobile Broadband data devices, including a USB modem, a
PCMCIA data card and an express card, so customers can use the device
which best suits their needs.

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Notes to Editors: ‘Rev a’ is an upgrade to Telecom’s mobile network which
provides for greater download and upload speeds for customers using Mobile
Broadband. Telecom provides the most extensive Mobile Broadband network
in New Zealand. For a full list of upgraded Mobile Broadband towns and
coverage maps, visit: www.telecom.co.nz/coverage


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