• December 12th, 2012
  • Darren Kingman

LTE is finally beginning to spread around the world after being a mainstay in the USA for some time now. It appears that leading network Telecom in New Zealand are the first to pick up the mantle for that part of the world, trialling the spectrum in parts of Wellington and Auckland.

It is believed that if all goes well, the service could be available in late 2013 or possible 2014.

Telecom, who already provide a 100% 3G service, believe that the emerging technology can change the way people live their lives. Ed Hyde, general manager of Telecom remarked “moving to a 4G LTE network is all about building for the future. The communications and technology services a 4G LTE network will deliver can, and will, change lives”. It’s hard to disagree. 4G really does have the power to change the way people work and live. With average speeds above that of the average UK household broadband speed, workers will be able to be more mobile, whilst being as productive as if they were in the office. Ed Hyde also see’s benefits in other aspects of life and professions, where 4G could offer “health professionals enhanced access to real-time, high quality video communication with patients in their homes”.

The first phase of this trial will be running until February 2013, in parts of the country where there are a mix of residents and businesses. This gives the company the opportunity to trial the service for a range of uses, measuring exactly how people will use it and how useful it is to them. Alcatel-Lucent will also be involved in the trials, offering Telecome the chance to test the service in more rural locations.

This is certainly an exciting an addition to the New Zealand telecommunications landscape, and could be a landmark moment in how people live their lives.