Vodafone New Zealand
About the Vodafone NZ Network
Vodafone New Zealand Limited provides telecommunication services in New Zealand. It offers mobile, broadband, and television services to individuals and business clients. The company was incorporated in 1998 and is based in Auckland, New Zealand. Vodafone New Zealand Limited operated as a subsidiary of Vodafone Europe B.V. until its sale to local infrastructure investment firm Infratil and Canada’s Brookfield Asset Management.
The company has invested millions of dollars in its 3G network, improving capacity in congested urban areas. It has New Zealand's first 4G LTE network and continues to maintain its 2G network. In February 2013, Vodafone New Zealand launched their LTE network which is currently available in 54 centres in total. In June 2014, Vodafone was ranked the fastest mobile network on the planet by speed-testing service Ookla.
In October 2006, Vodafone bought ihug, New Zealand's third largest Internet service provider and now provides Internet service under the Vodafone New Zealand brand name. In 2012 Vodafone also bought TelstraClear, making it NZ's second largest ISP.
Vodafone NZ 3G
Vodafone launched its 3G UMTS network in New Zealand in October 2006. The network implemented B1 (2100 MHz) and B8 (900 MHz), providing data rates up to 42 Mb/s using DC-HSPA+ on both bands.
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Vodafone NZ 4G
Vodafone began providing commercial 4G LTE services in February 2013 initially over B3 (1800 MHz). The company went on to deploy B28 (700 MHz) services for rural areas beginning 18th July 2014. Further improvements were made public in October 2015 with the announcement of LTE-Advanced using 3C CA with an additional B7 (2600 MHz) carrier.
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Vodafone NZ 5G
In July 2019 Vodafone New Zealand announced it would switch on its 5G network in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown in December. The initial network deployment consisted of 100 dedicated 5G base stations and a further 20 cell-on-wheels. The network consists of an n257 (28 GHz) mmWave service along with a conventional n78 (3500 MHz) mid-band carrier once spectrum auctions conclude.
In late August 2019 Vodafone announced that five cell sites in Mangere, South Auckland had been upgraded to 5G and made live for network testing ahead of the commercial launch of its 5G network in December 2019.
Vodafone currently holds 2x14 MHz of 3500 MHz band spectrum, designed for FDD and impractically narrow for 5G.
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Vodafone NZ IoT
Following Spark's IoT network announcement, in July 2017 the company announced its plans to begin rollout of a nationwide LPWA network based utilising NB-IoT (LTE Cat-NB1). Vodafone commercially launched both NB-IoT and eMTC (LTE-M) networks in November 2018 over the operator's existing 4G LTE spectrum.