Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


Vodafone boosts 4G capacity

Vodafone boosts 4G capacity

Vodafone has boosted 4G capacity in central Auckland, allowing more 4G data users simultaneously to experience the fast mobile service, without performance degradation.

Vodafone started the Auckland-based “Dual-Band 4G” trial in November 2013 – nine months after launching 4G – in response to customers’ rapid adoption of the 4G service.

Vodafone is the first to trial Dual-Band 4G, which uses 2600MHz and 1800MHz 4G bands on a single site, delivering more capacity to 4G users in the area.

Vodafone Head of Networks Tony Baird says the deployment of Dual-Band is the next evolution of the company’s nationwide 4G network.

“We’ve already invested in making our 4G service available to more than 2.2 million Kiwis in 46 locations. As a result, we have 400,000 active 4G devices on our network, which means as well as coverage, we have to think about capacity.

“It’s about evolving the network – as we’ve done with 2G and 3G in the past – to deliver a consistently reliable network performance. Dual-Band 4G is a big part of that.

“Dual-Band 4G allows more people to use the service and still get the speeds customers have come to expect. With smartphone growth set to continue, and the explosion of 4G data use on our network, Dual-Band 4G is an important network investment to future-proof 4G as adoption heads to tipping point.”

Tony adds: “While technologies like carrier aggregation* will deliver faster speeds, without commercially-available devices to support the technology, consumers can’t enjoy the benefits. It’s a theoretical service.

“Dual-Band 4G however, lets customers benefit immediately.”

Kiwis wanting to experience the speed of 4G need a 4G-capable device with the latest software, a qualifying plan and be in a 4G coverage area. The device seamlessly switches between 4G bands or to Vodafone’s next fastest 3G speed.

Vodafone offers the largest range of 4G-capable devices supporting 2600MHz and 1800MHz bands, at a range of price points – including the recently launched Samsung GALAXY S5, Sony Xperia Z2 and HTC One (M8).

For more information and 4G coverage maps, visit: http://www.vodafone.co.nz/network/coverage/

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Nurofen Promotion: Reckitt Benckiser To Plead Guilty To Misleading Ads

Reckitt Benckiser (New Zealand) intends to plead guilty to charges of misleading consumers over the way it promoted a range of Nurofen products, the Commerce Commission says. More>>

ALSO:

Half A Billion Accounts: Yahoo Confirms Huge Data Breach

The account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (the vast majority with bcrypt) and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers. More>>

Rural Branches: Westpac To Close 19 Branches, ANZ Looks At 7

Westpac confirms it will close nineteen branches across the country; ANZ closes its Ngaruawahia branch and is consulting on plans to close six more branches; The bank workers union says many of its members are nervous about their futures and asking ... More>>

Interest Rates: RBNZ's Wheeler Keeps OCR At 2%

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler kept the official cash rate at 2 percent and said more easing will be needed to get inflation back within the target band. More>>

ALSO:

Half Full: Fonterra Raises Forecast Payout As Global Supply Shrinks

Fonterra Cooperative Group, the dairy processor which will announce annual earnings tomorrow, hiked its forecast payout to farmers by 50 cents per kilogram of milk solids as global supply continues to decline, helping prop up dairy prices. More>>

ALSO:

Results:

Meat Trade: Silver Fern Farms Gets Green Light For Shanghai Maling Deal

The government has given the green light for China's Shanghai Maling Aquarius to acquire half of Silver Fern Farms, New Zealand's biggest meat company, with ministers satisfied it will deliver "substantial and identifiable benefit". More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news