Telecom NZ dodges Vodafone wrath
Delays network launch, hands back spat dummy
Telecom NZ will launch its XT network, but not until the end of the month as it agrees to fit more filters to prevent interfering with Vodafone NZ's existing service.
On Friday Vodafone NZ attempted to get an injunction to prevent Telecom NZ's launch, claiming unacceptable levels of interference, in an action on which Justice Geoffery Venning was due to rule yesterday. Instead the good justice told the companies to "sort it out" between themselves, something they have now managed to do with a two-week delay on the XT launch during which Telecom NZ have agreed to fit more filters to prevent signal leakage.
Some, such as Telecom NZ's CEO Paul Reynolds, see the whole thing as “a piece of nonsense from start to finish”, and "a sign of desperation from a global giant", while others describe it as Vodafone's desperate attempt to prevent the former monopoly crushing their network by deliberately failing to filter properly in their rush to get XT launched.
Vodafone and Telecom run a virtual duopoly in New Zealand, with Vodafone historically playing the young upstart challenging the incumbent, despite now being the larger partner in terms of mobile connections. It's been suggested that this case could turn that around, along with Telecom's use of Richard Hammond to promote their "XT" network, but in reality there seem to be few winners.
Fitting more filters will reduce XT's coverage, but Telecom NZ has said it will do so where Vodafone requires it, to prevent their 850MHz UMTS (W-CDMA) network spilling over into the 2G service Vodafone operates at 900MHz. ®
You have to love Telecom's optimism. Vodafone caught them not playing by the rules, they admitted it (just not in so many words, but the fact they're spending money to fix the problem really does suggest), yet somehow they think this is a win for them?
Telecom here is forever going to be plagued by one problem though. Like the myriad of apple/iphone haters out there (myself included), there are scores of people (again, myself included) who - for various reasons usually relating to Telecom's screwing up of our telecommunications industry from the multi-decade stranglehold they held on it - hate Telecom so vehemently that even despite the small current technological advantage (Vodafone last I knew had not deployed HSUPA alongside their HSDPA network), the desire to not pay money to Telecom will win over.
Telecom are hardly ones to talk
They run their business using underhand tactics.
The average employee also has an IQ equal to that of a brain-damaged ape.
They are as bad as each other
Both Telecom and Vodafone as about as useful as tits on a bull. On this issue, as with others they are waving their tiny dicks around and the public are the ones getting pissed on.
Vodafone do have a legitimate gripe in this case though. Telecom have been testing their XT (eXtranious Turd?) network for a couple of months down in Wellington and very, very, very co-incidently Vodphone uses started reporting disconnection issues and slow performance. Telecom has rushed the network out before proper testing was completed in order to beat Vodafone's competing product.
Telecom have a history of underhanded tactics against their competitors. This is just another exampole.