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Vodafone GSM Digital Greets Greta Valley

1999 promises to be the year of the mobile phone for Greta Valley residents, with Vodafone New Zealand Ltd enhancing its international GSM digital mobile network to the town.

Greta Valley residents, and travellers passing through, can now benefit from extended coverage thanks to Vodafone boosting its nationwide GSM digital network.

Vodafone's Managing Director John Rohan welcomed Greta Valley to the world of mobile technology.

"Mobile telephony is the future of communications. Fixed lines are dying. And the future of mobile is digital - GSM digital." "We're aiming for a future where almost everyone will have a mobile phone in their pocket, or purse."

Greta Valley will benefit from GSM digital's unsurpassed clarity and security. With GSM you can transmit data in digital form, forward faxes, receive text messages and customise your mobile phone," says Mr Rohan.

Mr Rohan says giving coverage to Greta Valley is part of Vodafone's $200 million investment in its network over the next two years. A new capacity site for the central district of Christchurch has also been installed.

"Let me assure you that coverage will never be an issue for the network again. Vodafone will make sure all New Zealanders can enjoy the benefits of worldclass GSM coverage," he says.

"Our aim is to make sure that nearly every Kiwi can have, and can afford to use, a mobile phone. We will do this by providing the best mobile packages around, and through the extension of GSM."

About Vodafone

Vodafone New Zealand Ltd is part of Vodafone-AirTouch Plc, a worldwide company that has a proportionate customer base of 29 million network customers.

Vodafone-AirTouch is the world's largest mobile telecommunications company with interests in 23 countries internationally.

Vodafone New Zealand now has well in excess of 200,000 customers on its fully digital network and provides coverage to over 95% of the population.

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