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NZ Completes 3G Rollout

Telecom New Zealand completes rollout of its EV-DO mobile broadband network

December 23, 2005

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CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand -- Telecom announced today it had completed its promised 3G mobile broadband rollout to every main town and city in New Zealand by Christmas.

Telecom Mobile General Manager Kevin Kenrick says every main town and city across the country is now enjoying the benefits of the fastest mobile network in New Zealand.

Cell sites in the towns, from Kerikeri to Invercargill, have been upgraded with EV-DO (Evolution Data Optimised) technology, allowing mobile data transfer at broadband speeds.

“EV-DO delivers peak data speeds from the network to the mobile device of 2.4Mbps with speeds typically averaging 500Kb per second – fast enough to make working remotely a reality.

“To put it in context, on the current 027 network information travels at up to 153Kbps with speeds typically averaging 40 – 80Kbps,” says Mr Kenrick.

Mr Kenrick says EV-DO is the fastest growing 3G technology in the world, and worldwide subscribers recently passed 185 million.

Mobile Broadband lets Telecom customers connect remotely to the Internet so they can research online information, send and receive emails or check appointments at broadband speeds using either their laptop or handheld device (PDA).

Outside Mobile Broadband coverage areas, users switch seamlessly to Telecom’s nationwide 027 mobile network which provides connection to the Internet at a lesser speed.

“The Mobile Broadband rollout is great news for holidaymakers who can’t quite leave the office behind – they’ll be able to access the Internet and download documents in many holiday spots including the Bay of Islands, Rotorua, Wanaka and Mt Maunganui,” says Mr Kenrick.

Mobile Broadband users can also access the service in Australia’s major metropolitan centres following a roaming agreement this year between Telecom and Telstra Australia.

“Australia is a key destination for business people and we view this as an important step towards seamless trans-Tasman telecommunications,” Mr Kenrick says.

Telecom New Zealand Ltd. (NYSE: NZT; New Zealand: TEL)

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