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# 255647 22-Aug-2019 10:47
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Spark, Vodafone and 2degrees today announced that new rural broadband and mobile services are now live into twenty rural locations across New Zealand.  

 

The new sites are the result of an industry leading collaboration between the three mobile network operators and Crown Infrastructure Partners (CIP) to build essential broadband and mobile services for rural New Zealand. CIP contracted the Rural Connectivity Group (RCG) which was established to provide connectivity to rural New Zealand. The RCG is a joint venture between Spark, Vodafone and 2degrees, to build, operate and maintain this essential rural network infrastructure. Services are now available over the RCG network to customers of Spark, Vodafone or 2degrees. 

 

The twenty new sites, the first of more than 500 new sites, range from the Far North all the way down to Southland. The new sites will provide high speed wireless broadband and quality mobile coverage to around 1,600 rural homes and businesses, across 70 kms of state highway and to 13 tourist sites. Depending on the customer’s provider and their current mobile phone, some customers may need to get software updates to their phone or upgrade their phone.  

 

Spark CEO Jolie Hodson said, “It’s exciting to see fast broadband and world class mobile infrastructure rolling out into rural areas around New Zealand. The connectivity is much needed to bridge the digital divide for rural communities and help the rural sector remain competitive. Bringing together the investment from Spark, Vodafone and 2degrees along with the Government’s RBI2 funding has been the key to providing service into more challenging and remote areas of New Zealand.” 

 

Vodafone CEO Jason Paris said “Keeping Kiwis connected is a top priority for Vodafone, and we’re thrilled to be working alongside Spark, 2degrees and the Government to bring connectivity to rural New Zealand, which is the powerhouse of our economy. For this sector to remain competitive they need fast broadband and mobile coverage – not just in offices, but on farms, in schools, and on the roads. This once in a generation opportunity for all three mobile network operators to provide both competitive ultra-fast broadband and world class 4G mobile infrastructure will not only deliver the connectivity for rural New Zealand, but also the safety of Kiwis living in those remote areas.” 

 

2degress Chief Commercial Officer and RCG Board member Paul Mathewson said, “We’re proud as an industry to be able to collaborate and work together where it makes sense – and our RCG partnership with Spark and Vodafone is the perfect example. Connecting Kiwis with their loved ones or the people they do business with is at the heart of what drives us at 2degrees, and we’re thrilled that fast connectivity is going to reach the furthest and most remote corners of New Zealand.”  

 

The Government via Crown Infrastructure Partners contracted the RCG to be the infrastructure provider to bring mobile and wireless broadband coverage to rural New Zealand under the Rural Broadband Initiative 2 and the Mobile Black Spot fund. 

 

Once the RCG project is completed it will deliver new mobile and wireless broadband coverage to at least 38,000 rural homes and businesses. It will also provide mobile coverage to a further 1,200 kilometres of state highways and provide connectivity to at least 152 top New Zealand tourist destinations by December 2022.  

 

The RCG network uses Nokia 4G Multi Operator Core Network (MOCN) which has been deployed successfully with three mobile network operators. This new technology allows RCG to deploy one Radio Access Network (RAN) to connect to the three differently architectured core networks of Spark, Vodafone and 2degrees.   

 

This allows all three mobile networks to provide services to these rural communities from just one cell site that requires only three antennas to operate.   

 





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  # 2303583 22-Aug-2019 10:52
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These sites were going to be 4G only but it looks like 3G is going to be put onto them as well for Voice calling instead of only VoLTE


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  # 2303635 22-Aug-2019 11:03
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A map would be nice?


 
 
 
 


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  # 2303721 22-Aug-2019 11:39
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Northland Region 

 

Kaihu – Kaipara District Council 

 

Aranga – Kaipara District Council 

 

Fisher Riley – Far North District Council 

 

Whangarei Heads – Whangarei District Council 

 

Pipiwai – Whangarei District Council 

 

Kaiatea Road – Whangarei District Council 

 

 

 

Auckland Region 

 

Kaipara Coast Highway – Auckland Council 

 

Te Arai – Auckland Council 

 

 

 

Hawkes Bay Region 

 

Waihua Beach – Wairoa District Council 

 

 

 

Taranaki Region 

 

Junction Road – Stratford District Council 

 

 

 

Ruapehu Region 

 

Raurimu – Ruapehu District Council 

 

 

 

West Coast Region 

 

Charleston - Buller District Council 

 

Rapahoe – Grey District Council 

 

Tatare – Westland District Council 

 

Ruatapu – Westland District Council 

 

Inangahua - Buller District Council 

 

Ikamatua – Buller District Council 

 

 

 

Southland Region 

 

Morton Mains – Southland District Council  

 

Waikawa – Southland District Council 

 

Otahu Flat – Southland District Council 





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  # 2303750 22-Aug-2019 12:34
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PolicyGuy:

 

A map would be nice?

 

 

 

 

https://www.2degreesmobile.co.nz/broadband/rural-broadband/ seems to align pretty well with the locations listed in the post above.

 

 


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  # 2303869 22-Aug-2019 13:37
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Does anyone know any of the technical details on this? Are the 3 providers using dedicated or shared frequencies.

 

This is a pretty smart initiative - there must be so many places where it isn't economical for any one provider to build a cell site, but where it is economical to build 1/3 of a site.   


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  # 2303883 22-Aug-2019 13:59
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Does anyone know any of the technical details on this? Are the 3 providers using dedicated or shared frequencies.

 

This is a pretty smart initiative - there must be so many places where it isn't economical for any one provider to build a cell site, but where it is economical to build 1/3 of a site.   

 

 

 

 

All three operators sharing the same spectrum transmitted from site. (effectively 33% capacity for each MNO in the first instance).

 

 


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  # 2303886 22-Aug-2019 14:00
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tripper1000:


Does anyone know any of the technical details on this? Are the 3 providers using dedicated or shared frequencies.


This is a pretty smart initiative - there must be so many places where it isn't economical for any one provider to build a cell site, but where it is economical to build 1/3 of a site.   



 


All three operators sharing the same spectrum transmitted from site. (effectively 33% capacity for each MNO in the first instance).


 



Are they using the same hardware?

 
 
 
 


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Yeah, the principle is that they use the same tower, antenna's, RAN and back haul.


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tripper1000:

 

Yeah, the principle is that they use the same tower, antenna's, RAN and back haul.

 

 

But not the same spectrum is my understanding....

 

 

 

Edit: i've since been corrected, I'm mind blown.





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I was within the footprint of one of these towers last week and noticed I had good 4G signal in an area that previously had no coverage at all.
Also recently had an update on the Huawei P30 that enabled a VoLTE toggle switch - attempted to make a call but it wouldn't go through.

The comment above about adding 3G for voice is interesting, has VoLTE testing not been successful or is the phone support just not there yet?


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  # 2303941 22-Aug-2019 15:37
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I was within the footprint of one of these towers last week and noticed I had good 4G signal in an area that previously had no coverage at all.
Also recently had an update on the Huawei P30 that enabled a VoLTE toggle switch - attempted to make a call but it wouldn't go through.

The comment above about adding 3G for voice is interesting, has VoLTE testing not been successful or is the phone support just not there yet?

 

 

Some providers have not gone fully live with VoLTE on devices as of yet.





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Would be great if Ahaura got a cellsite, would cover a good portion of the Grey Valley :)


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  # 2304065 22-Aug-2019 18:14
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quickymart:

 

Would be great if Ahaura got a cellsite, would cover a good portion of the Grey Valley :)

 

 

There is one that's potentially going to be around there.. Obviously up to RCG to pick the actual site etc.

 

 

 

Not in that exact town though i'd expect coverage to still overlap..





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https://gis.geek.nz/GG3.0.png

 

RCG Licenses = Orange.


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  # 2304126 22-Aug-2019 19:23
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stubbed:

 

https://gis.geek.nz/GG3.0.png

 

RCG Licenses = Orange.

 

 

Except that includes sites that aren't live such as the VFNZ Bethells beach tower ;)





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