Telecom NZ's turn to rev up 3G


Rogers said the latency improvements are by and large due to improvements in the communications link between the customer device and the cell access point. This he said improves on not only the speed at which the wireless broadband performs, but also the responsiveness and the ability to send and receive data at high bit rates at the same time.

The improved upstream speed and latency compared to Telecom's existing Rev 0 cellular broadband are compelling drivers for business users trying to be more productive, said Telecom spokesperson Katherine East. Sending materials faster and enjoying greater application responsiveness are important to business customers she said.

Whether or not Telecom will change pricing and data volume plans is up in the air at the moment however. While East recognizes that the higher speeds is likely to mean greater data usage by customers, she says that plans with more than the one gigabyte usage allowance per month are under consideration but not yet announced. Likewise, East would not say if Telecom was considering using its strong market position to offer fixed and wireless packages for customers.