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Telecom Expands Its 027 Coverage

Telecom Expands Its 027 Coverage And Services With New Facilities In South Waikato – King Country

Telecom Mobile has spent over $1.5 million to bring its state of the art 027 mobile phone services to more South Waikato – King Country customers.

Telecom has expanded its 027 network with the recent addition of improved facilities at Pio Pio, Eight Mile Junction and Pirongia.

Telecom Manager Mobile Networks, Stephen Crombie, says customers, including local people, and travellers (such as forestry truck drivers) will benefit from the new facilities with more mobile coverage and expanded services.

The Pio Pio and Eight Mile Junction facilities will provide improved coverage to areas south of Te Kuiti and along parts of State Highways 3 and 4. The Pirongia facilities will improve coverage to the Pirongia township, surrounding area and to the local roading network.

These facilities will also provide improvements to safety in the area by enabling better communications for emergency services.

This investment in the region is part of Telecom’s national expansion programme of the 027 mobile service. More than 110,000 customers are already using the 027 phones and network.

By the end of June 2002 Telecom plans to add two more sites to its 027 network, in the Otorohanga district, located at Kawhia and Te Kawa. The facilities at Kawhia will provide coverage for the township, Kawhia Harbour and parts of Aotea Harbour. It will also provide marine coverage up to 50 kilometres out to sea between Albatross Point and Taranaki Point. The Te Kawa facilities will provide coverage in the township and along State Highway 3 between Te Awamutu and Otorohanga.

Telecom will continue to maintain and support its analogue and digital (025) networks for the next few years, so customers can still use their current phones on those networks.

Customers using the 027 service have access to a wide range of voice, data and online products and services. The 027 service offers land-line like voice quality with reduced background noise, increased call capacity and two-way text capability. It also provides high level security and faster data transmission speeds than previously available.

Customers can connect to the Internet and view web pages using a Wireless Application Protocol-capable (WAP) mobile phone. They can send and receive emails, access the latest news and weather, and even do banking transactions using their mobile phones.

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