Telecom just completed an upgrade of the CDMA network to increase data speeds, Vodafone have just announced an HSDPA upgrade that will give 2-5mbps download speeds. This raises two questions;

  • Why is everyone moaning about wired broadband when mobile is getting faster and cheaper?
  • Why is everyone moaning and saying that Telecom as a monopoly isn’t allowing competition?

As I see it three are two options;

  1. If data access is truly sub-optimal, central government should invest in a high speed network for the good of the country
  2. If data access is OK and improving, we should let the market forces set service levels and pricing – Adam Smith anyone?

Disclosure – Diversity Limited is a consultant to Telecom New Zealand and its subsidiaries

Ben Kepes

Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.

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