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Some technical words on the 2 Degrees mobile network........

The 2 Degrees network is new to New Zealand.  To get national coverage, 2 Degrees have a roaming coverage with Vodafone, which means you use the 2 Degrees mobile towers in the main cities, and then your USB modem (or 2 Degrees phone) roams to Vodafone and uses the Vodafone network if there are no 2 Degrees towers in your area. (Your USB modem/phone does this automatically).

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One more thing. 2 Degrees uses GSM900MHz (older 2G technology), UMTS 2100MHz (new 3G technology) and also can use GSM1800MHz and UMTS900MHz. So what does this mean for you? If you want to improve your signal to a 2 Degrees USB device for your home/office/farm, then choose our AY15 antenna.  (This antenna does the complete frequency band 800-2500MHz, so where ever you are, whatever your coverage is, or whether you are on Vodafone, 2 Degrees, GPRS, GSM, 2G, 3G UMTS etc. this antenna will boost all the signals to your modem).  Easy!

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1/04/14 Update. 2degrees have now completed their UMTS900 nationwide upgrade. This is great news as it means their 3G coverage has dramatically increased.  Now with UMTS900 on-air in the main cities, your 2degrees modem or smartphone will now use 3G in weak coverage areas (in-building for example) rather than 2G GSM technology. If you still find coverage or data speed to be poor, particularly inside we would recommend one of our house kits or passive repeaters. 

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24/07/13 Update. 2degrees uses their 900MHz band in the 3 main cities (Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch), about 10MHz, for GSM900 only.  This means if you are a 3G 2degrees customer you will be using UMTS2100MHz in these 3 main cities for data and voice.  The disadvantage of this, is 2100MHz does not propagate as far as 900MHz (particularly inbuilding coverage).  So, often you may find your 3G smartphone hands down to 2degrees 900MHz GSM.  When it does this you will be on Edge GSM which is much slower than UMTS.  The reason why 2degrees do not offer 900MHz UMTS in these 3 main cities is they need the complete 10MHz band for GSM (due to capacity reasons).  However as of this month the 2degrees team have done some careful frequency retuning and have managed to open (or about to open) a 5MHz channel in their 900MHz band to turn on UMTS 900MHZ. This is great news for degrees customers as it means, shortly in Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch (as of the rest of the 2degrees network),  3G smartphones will now hand down to UMTS900 rather than GSM900 when on cell edge. So much faster speeds for 2degrees 3G customers.(Sorry that was long winded, but it is complicated). Congratulations 2degrees!

 

CEO Eric Hertz