Rural Broadband and mobile coverage arrives at Karangahake and Turua
Mobile coverage and broadband options are about to get better for residents and visitors to the Hauraki District as Vodafone switches on two newly built cell sites under the Government’s Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI) at Karangahake and Turua this week.
In the Karangahake area, a 25 metre monopole tower provides service to an estimated 200 households, and in Turua a 30 metre monopole will serve an estimated 1400 households when it goes live this week. The new service delivers not only mobile coverage, but wireless broadband via a high performance modem, adding a WiFi network into the home. Phone calls can also be made through this service by plugging an existing landline phone directly into the modem, removing the need for a landline connection. Customers can port their existing landline number to this new service.
Under the Rural Broadband Initiative, Vodafone has already upgraded five of its existing six sites around Hauraki, including Waihi, Waihi East, Mangatarata, Paeroa and Whiritoa South. Vodafone will also be upgrading its site at Kaihere to deliver wireless broadband service to rural residents.
Vodafone’s Regional Sales Manager Andrew Hitchfield says the new cell sites bring greater options to the community, with households and businesses now having choice in broadband service.
“Switching to wireless broadband can provide a consistent and reliable service to residents. It also offers the rural farming community the opportunity to increase production and monitoring through machine-to-machine automation.”
An additional benefit of RBI for rural communities is the extension of mobile coverage to include an estimated 4,500km of rural New Zealand roads, which until now have been without.
“This is a massive benefit for farming districts like Hauraki, in dealing with emergencies, transport logistics, road safety and other real life circumstances that have been hampered by limited coverage,” he said.
Under the five year RBI plan, Vodafone will upgrade 387 existing cell towers and build a further 154 new towers in rural areas all over New Zealand. The government is funding the civil construction costs of these new sites which are designed to accommodate Vodafone equipment and that of other mobile and wireless operators. 47 new sites have been built so far, and an additional 161 have been upgraded meaning new services for over 110,000 addresses in rural New Zealand.
Customers can find out if this service will be available at their address by checking online at
More imagery of RBI towers is available, along with a schematic diagram of how wireless broadband works.
For more information please contact:
Vodafone New Zealand Media Relations
0800 VF MEDIA
Notes to editor:
Wireless Broadband will be installed by a Vodafone arranged technician, and installation fees will apply. In the unlikely event your installer determines you may not receive a good experience, the installation will not proceed and you will not be charged.
Vodafone Wireless Broadband Plans and Pricing
Wireless Broadband & Calling
Wireless Broadband & Calling 4
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Vodafone Wireless Broadband Calling plans
Wireless Broadband and Calling plans come with a standard per minute calling plan, which includes unlimited local calling and great rates to national and international landlines and mobiles. National calls are 26c per minute, capped at $2.50 per call (for up to 2 hours).
Calls to New Zealand mobiles are 36c per minute.
A great range of calling add-ons are available, including calls to NZ landlines for $20 a month.
For a full list of add-ons and international rates as well as popular phone line features such as voicemail, visit vodafone.co.nz/rural-broadband.
Standard installation charges for Wireless Broadband
24 month term
Price on a
1 month term
Standard installation plus modem
Installation, cabling, connection of main computer and confirmation of connection.
If you’ve selected the Calling option, we’ll transfer one landline number to Vodafone Wireless.
Premium installation plus
A special installation may be required if you have a home that doesn’t meet the standard requirements, or is made of glass or brick.