Vodafone New Zealand introduces 4G services to consumer
Posted on 28-Feb-2013 09:17.
Filed under: News
Vodafone New Zealand has announced its 4G service, offering the fastest mobile network technology available to consumers in New Zealand today.
The company says its 4G network is up to ten times faster than standard 3G services, allowing customers to stream, download, upload, browse and game faster than ever before. The new 4G service delivers a near seamless connection to the cloud, allowing businesses to upload and download attachments in seconds, and load web pages instantly.
4G is live now for Vodafone customers in parts of Auckland and the network will expand to more suburbs every week. 4G will be live in parts of Christchurch in May, and parts of Wellington in August/September 2013.
Russell Stanners, CEO of Vodafone New Zealand, says the launch of a commercial 4G network is a major milestone for New Zealand.
“For many people, their smartphone has become one of the few items that they can’t leave home without. 4G is the network that the best smartphones were made for, meaning you can access all the information and entertainment you want in real time – and connect faster than ever before.
“Our customers have come to expect that Vodafone will bring them the world’s best technologies first, so we’re proud to be the first to bring 4G to New Zealand. We have now joined other countries around the world which are already seeing the benefits of the increased speed and performance 4G delivers. It’s another exciting first for Vodafone customers – and for New Zealand.”
Vodafone’s 4G network is supported by the world’s leading mobile device manufacturers including Apple, HTC and Samsung. Six 4G-capable devices are available at launch – including iPhone 5, Windows Phone 8X by HTC and Samsung GALAXY Note II 4G variant – giving Vodafone New Zealand the largest range of 4G-capable devices. By the middle of the year, Vodafone will have more than twelve 4G capable devices on offer.
Kiwis wanting to experience the speed of 4G will need a 4G-capable device with the latest software, a qualifying plan and be in a 4G coverage area. The device seamlessly switches to Vodafone’s next fastest 3G speeds when customers leave the 4G coverage area.
Vodafone customers can keep control of 4G data use with Vodafone’s exclusive Data Angel service. Data Angel alerts customers when they’re approaching their data allowance limit, and when their limit is reached – letting customers use their device freely while staying in control of how much they spend.
Vodafone’s 4G network build is being carried out in partnership with long-standing partner Nokia Siemens Networks.