Alcatel-Lucent launches New Zealand’s first LTE showcase

Alcatel-Lucent, in conjunction with Telecom, today launched New Zealand’s first LTE Showcase – demonstrating next generation mobile broadband technology and applications that will change the way New Zealanders work, play and use mobiles.

Partners, customers, media and members of New Zealand’s innovation community will be hosted at the LTE Showcase at Telecom Place in Auckland during September and October. LTE (Long Term Evolution) is the next generation mobile broadband standard, evolving seamlessly from existing 2G (GSM) and 3G (WCDMA) networks that are widely deployed across the world today.

“Put simply, LTE is blazingly fast mobile technology. It’s going to fuel our digital future by delivering a greater level of innovation, performance and communication. You hit send, it’s gone. You download, it’s there. LTE is that fast,” says Richard Fraser, Alcatel-Lucent’s VP of Solutions and Strategy for New Zealand and Pacific Islands.

With the rise of smartphones and boom in applications, operators around the world are facing a data explosion – global wireless data is expected to grow 30-fold during the next five years and this is driving a need for capacity and speed in the future.

LTE responds to these challenges offering super-fast speeds and low latency. This creates opportunities for enriched wireless broadband services – unlocking new revenue streams, innovating business models and creating competitive advantage.

Telecom Retail CEO, Alan Gourdie says, “We are closely following the evolution of mobile technology internationally, and looking at the many opportunities these new technologies bring. So we’re excited to be working with Alcatel-Lucent to deliver this showcase to demonstrate to New Zealanders what some of the applications over these technologies may look like.

“Our customers are already telling us that XT is the best network for smartphones in New Zealand, and recent independent testing showed XT out-performed the other NZ mobile networks in Auckland.

“We’re committed to giving our customers the best possible mobile experience and will ensure XT maintains its market-leading performance, and continue to be New Zealand’s smartphone network in the short-, medium- and long-term,” Mr Gourdie says.