Spark New Zealand

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Company Name

Spark New Zealand Ltd

Ownership Type

Publicly Traded Company

MNC

05

3G UMTS Frequency Bands

IoT Technology

Company Overview

Spark New Zealand Limited is a supplier of telecommunications and digital services in New Zealand. The Company operates through three segments: Spark Home, Mobile & Business; Spark Digital, and Spark Connect. The Spark Home, Mobile & Business segment provides fixed line, mobile and Internet services to consumers and the small medium business market, and includes Spark Ventures. The Spark Digital segment integrates information technology (IT) and telecommunications services to provide converged information and communications technology (ICT) solutions for clients. The Spark Connect segment includes its network and IT operations, shared business operations and servicing of wholesale and international customers. 

The company operates 3G services over B1 (2100 MHz) and B5 (850 MHz) bands, with upgrades to HSPA+ in August 2010 and DC-HSPA+ in 2012. Spark began rolling out 4G LTE over B3 (1800 MHz) in 2013, progressively upgraded its LTE network capacity adding B7 (2600 MHz) and later B28 (700 MHz) in August 2014. In March 2016 the company purchased 70 MHz in the 2300 MHz band to deploy B40 (2300 MHz) TDD services, which has been activated as part of their flagship 4.5G LTE-A network. The network went live in June 2017 with carrier aggregation of B7, B28, and B40 services providing peak data rates up to 1.15 Gbps.

Spark IoT Strategy

In July 2017 the company commenced rollout of a nationwide LPWA network using LoRa technology and expects to have a large portion operational by June 2018. The network is being deployed on 923 MHz with Wirnet™ iBTS base station hardware provided by Kerlink. The network was commercially launched in March 2018. The LoRa network forms one half of the operator's IoT strategy, with the company also deploying eMTC (Cat-M1) concurrently to service the two distinct use cases. Spark's eMTC / LTE-M network was commercially launched in September 2018 over the company's B3 and B28 LTE bands.

3G UMTS Network Information

Details on UMTS network deployments are shown below. Data are often incomplete due to commercial nature. Consult dossier text for further details.

UMTS B1 (2100 MHz)
Band Status Active
Packet Data
UMTS B5 (850 MHz)
Band Status Active
Packet Data
4G LTE Network Information

Details on LTE network deployments are shown below. Data are often incomplete due to commercial nature. Consult dossier text for further details.

Evolution Status Active [Launched 2013-11]
Max. MIMO Max. Modulation
Carrier Aggregation Features
LTE BandChannel WidthStatus
20 MHz Active
20 MHz Active
20 MHz Active
20 MHz Active
IoT Network - LoRa
Technology Status Active
Band Launch Date
IoT Network - eMTC (LTE Cat-M1)
Technology Status Active
Band Launch Date

Stock Information

Market

Reuters Symbol

SPK.NZ

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