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


Vodafone trials coverage and capacity in a box

Vodafone trials coverage and capacity in a box

Vodafone’s corporate customers will be the first to benefit from its trial of “Small Cells”, which deliver significantly enhanced mobile coverage and capacity via a plug-in 10kg cell site in a box.

Small Cells take less than a day to set-up and install, plug into mains power, and can be installed on the side of a wall, in a cupboard, on a utility post, or outdoors – with low visual impact.

The boxed cell sites deliver high speed mobile data – 42Mbps download speeds – and can carry180 simultaneous phone calls.

Vodafone’s Head of Networks, Tony Baird, says Small Cells are the stepping stone to fifth generation (5G) deployment, and hold the key to future mobile coverage in built-up urban areas.

“With urban networks now quite well established, and space becoming a premium on streets, Small Cells can provide a smart solution for businesses in areas with poor coverage.

“The technology is low-cost and low-fuss, while providing impressive capacity and coverage for its size – which cannot be affected by external demands on capacity or issues.

“We see the technology being particularly useful for serving businesses, supermarkets, localised hot spots, and places with high foot traffic like malls and food courts.”

An additional benefit of Small Cells is the ability for customers to add other useful business services from Vodafone – like SIP trunking – using the fibre backhaul with the box.

Nokia Australia and New Zealand Managing Director, Stephen McFeeley, says that Small Cell technology is leading the 5G charge around the world.

“Our Small Cells product is an example of innovation in the industry. It offers smart and compact solutions that Vodafone is now using to provide coverage and capacity to key customers across New Zealand.”

Vodafone’s trial of Small Cells is another enhancement to its comprehensive portfolio of coverage solutions.

Vodafone is using high speed 3G Dual Carrier 42Mbps Small Cells for the customer trials.

Small Cells will eventually support both WiFi and 4G. Vodafone will begin testing 4G Small Cells next month.


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Conservation Win: Mice Eradicated From Antipodes Island

In a world-leading conservation effort, mice have been successfully eradicated from Antipodes Island in the New Zealand Subantarctic, Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage announced today... More>>


Transport Tech: Roadmap To Harness $1.5 Bn Sector

A new Future Technology Leadership Group will help New Zealand harness some of the $1.5 billion a year estimated value to the economy from Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) as well as the social benefits they create... More>>


Economy: GDP Rises On Strength In Services

The economy, as measured by gross domestic product (GDP), grew 0.6 percent in the December 2017 quarter, Stats NZ said today. Growth was driven by increases in the service industries but was tempered by falls in the primary sector. More>>


Dolphins In Danger: More measures to protect

Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage are accelerating work to improve protection of the nationally endangered Hector’s dolphin, after five were accidentally killed in a fishing net off Banks Peninsula. More>>


Innovative Partnerships:Govt Launches R&D Programme

Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods has today formally launched the Innovative Partnership programme which aims to attract future-focused international innovators and firms to undertake R&D and develop their products in New Zealand.... More>>


Planes And Oil: Current Account Deficit Widens To $2.0 Billion

New Zealand's seasonally adjusted current account deficit widened to $2.0 billion in the December 2017 quarter, Stats NZ said today. The $407 million increase in the deficit was mainly driven by New Zealand importing aircraft and other transport equipment, and crude oil. More>>


RMTU: Lyttelton Port Strike

Sticking points now include LPC’s insistence on docking the pay of workers who didn’t take part in strike action last week – because they withdrew the strike notice. “In our view this amounts to an illegal lockout.” More>>


"Licensed To Krill": Greenpeace Report On Antarctic Fishing

A new Greenpeace investigation has exposed the environmental risks of the fast-growing krill industry in one of the most pristine parts of the Antarctic Ocean. More>>