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Telecom’s mobile network connects locals in the Far North

7 April 2014

Telecom’s expanding mobile network connects locals in the Far North

Locals and visitors to Houhora, Pukenui and the coastline north to Rarawa Bay may notice a boost in mobile coverage in the area, with Telecom announcing today that it has invested more than $175,000 on improved coverage to the region.

Telecom’s investment in the Houhora Central Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI) site responds to the increasing demand for mobile coverage in the area and will give locals and visitors added access to voice, mobile broadband and text services over the Telecom mobile network, which has been built specifically for smart phones.

The improved mobile coverage is part of Telecom's commitment to open up access to mobile data and applications for rural communities. Telecom is co-locating on every one of the Government’s RBI sites where it doesn’t already have coverage, and has an ongoing programme of new mobile site builds and upgrades to improve coverage and capacity.

Conor Roberts, Head of Public Affairs for Telecom says, “It’s important New Zealand communities are able to access mobile services and this investment will ensure those who live, work and visit the area for Houhora’s recreational fishing and access to the top of the North will be able to make the most of what the Telecom mobile network can offer.”

Mr Roberts says rural communities and businesses have become increasingly reliant on mobile phones as their primary form of connectivity.

“Fast broadband and mobile services are crucial for the success of rural businesses, education, health providers, and in bringing rural communities together.” he says.

Cherie Redgrave, Director of Cheron Avocados Ltd, has welcomed the announcement.

"Telecom’s investment will be a big improvement providing access to essential information for our team out in the orchards. That's where it really adds value. It certainly will make our day to day activities more efficient when we can be in contact with our team whilst they are working in the orchard, rather than only hearing from them once they are back at the house." she says.

Amy Culley, Houhora Heads Motor Camp Manager says it will better the experience tourists to the campsite have.
“We have many campers asking about mobile coverage, wanting to instantly share their travel experiences and pictures of big fish with friends and family in New Zealand and all over the world. This will provide a huge benefit for our business.”

Telecom are investigating other sites in the area for future growth in the coming years.

To find out more about the Telecom Mobile Network and the coverage in your area, please visit www.telecom.co.nz/coverage.

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