Vodafone launches 4G in Queenstown ahead of Winter Festival
Posted on 20-Jun-2013 08:52.
Filed under: News
Vodafone launches the 4G mobile network technology in parts of Queenstown today, just ahead of the Winter Festival. Queenstown is the first South Island provincial town and the third in New Zealand to have superfast access to content and information on the move.
Russell Stanners, CEO of Vodafone New Zealand, says the launch of a commercial 4G network is a major milestone for Queenstown.
“4G has captured customers’ imaginations, with well over 120,000 4G-capable devices now active on our 4G network. And with 4G available to 55% of the Queenstown population by July, there’s even more opportunity for Kiwis to experience the speed of 4G. We’re proud to be the first to bring 4G to Queenstown.”
The company says Vodafone’s 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.
Vodafone commented that there are now over 120,000 4G-capable devices active on the Vodafone network.
Vodafone offers a large range of 4G-capable devices at a range of price points. There are 14 models available now, including the new HTC One, Samsung GALAXY S 4, BlackBerry Z10, Sony Xperia SP and iPhone 5 – with more being added over the next few weeks.
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’s 4G network build is being carried out in partnership with long-standing partner Nokia Siemens Networks.