Telecom NZ shutters CDMA network

Dylan Bushell-Embling
01 Aug 2012

Telecom New Zealand has flicked the switch to shut down its antiquated CDMA network, which will allow it to focus fully on its UMTS/HSPA+ XT network.

The CDMA network was shut down at midnight last night, New Zealand Heraldreported, with voice, SMS and data services disabled.

The switch-off had been on the cards for some time – Telecom NZ stopped selling CDMA handsets in late 2009, and had disabled the EVDO part of the network in November 2010.

But Telecom NZ has declined to provide details regarding how many of its customers were still using the CDMA network.

The operator has progressively been diverting its resources to its XT 3G network, which launched in May 2009.

Despite a bumpy start due to network outages, adoption of XT has clearly been strong enough for Telecom NZ to feel comfortable getting rid of the legacy CDMA network.

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