Telecom New Zealand announces plans to launch 3G mobile services before the end of the year

June 24, 2004

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CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand -- Telecom today unveiled its plan to deliver super-fast 3G mobile services to New Zealanders before Christmas 2004.

"This side of Christmas, Telecom will launch ‘T3G,’ using world leading mobile data technology," Telecom Mobile General Manager Kevin Kenrick said today. "We have extended our relationship with global market leader Lucent Technologies to deliver high speed 3G mobile technology using EV-DO (Evolution Data Optimised) technology," Mr Kenrick said EV-DO has been deployed by a number of the most innovative mobile providers in the United States, Asia and other regions.

“As a world-leading wireless broadband technology, EV-DO will bring customers benefits including unsurpassed mobile data download speeds and better access to online information.

“We’ll be launching a broad frontier of new business and entertainment services. These include video messaging, the ability to download clips from films, music, sports or information services and functions like push-to-talk which will let you turn your mobile into a walkie talkie, enabling you talk to many people at the same time. Next year we expect live television on your handset to be available.”

“We will be launching the T3G network between now and Christmas, starting with Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and key holiday destinations.

“While the current 027 network delivers the fastest mobile data in New Zealand, the upgrade to T3G will give customers data speeds up to 15 times faster than the current network. When receiving data from the network to a mobile device, T3G will be capable of providing a peak data rate six times faster than the alternative technology our competitors have said they will begin to build in some parts of New Zealand next year.

“To put it in context, on the current 027 network information travels at up to 153kbps with speeds typically averaging 40 - 80kbps. “EV-DO delivers peak data speeds from the network to the mobile device of 2.4Mbps with speeds typically averaging 500kb per second – easily fast enough to deliver video services.”Mr Kenrick said EV-DO was the fastest growing 3G technology in the world, with networks in the United States, South America, Korea and other parts of Asia.

Telecom has prioritised approximately NZ$40 million for the EV-DO upgrade. At this stage it is anticipated this investment can be accommodated within the NZ$650 million of capital expenditure forecast for the 2004-2005 financial year. Capital expenditure forecasts are updated on a quarterly basis. Lucent will manage and deploy EV-DO.

Telecom New Zealand Ltd.

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