Alcatel-Lucent, which designed telecom’s XT network has been employed to find out if it’s working properly.
We still have concerns with it.
When we were in Wanaka over Christmas/New Year my farmer’s phone and mine kept disconnecting mid call even when the display showed full reception.
I have an XT t-stick for my computer and it kept losing reception and/or disconnecting too.
I suspect that means the system can’t cope with the population influx.
We haven’t had any problems with phones in Wanaka since then but computer connection, in Wanaka and other places, while better is not 100% reliable.
We also both find that coverage for our XT phones isn’t as good as it was with the old system. There’s always been a black spot between the Otematata saddle and Omarama but anywhere else in the Waitaki Valley used to be okay. It’s not with XT phones which go in and out of reception in several other places in the valley and other places between home and Christchurch and throughout Otago and Southland where we used to have no problems.
The system has got over its initial problems and is certainly working better than it was but there’s still room for improvement.