The fastest just got faster

20 October 2015

MEDIA RELEASE - Vodafone New Zealand rolls-out innovative network technology

Vodafone customers will be the first in New Zealand to experience even faster mobile data speeds, thanks to the roll out of innovative new technology.

It's called Carrier Aggregation (CA) - allowing different bands of radio spectrum to be paired at mobile cell sites across the country.  Early testing has shown the technology delivers a significant increase in download speeds for 4G users – average speed increases of up to 56 per cent in some locations.

Upgrades have been completed at 72 sites around the country, including Cambridge, Kerikeri, Napier, Blenheim and some sites in Auckland, with dozens more planned for 2016.

"It’s a lot like adding extra lanes to a motorway, enabling a smoother ride and more customers to take advantage of high-speed data at the same time," said Tony Baird, Vodafone's Technology Director.

"With more than 40 per cent of Vodafone customers now using 4G, data consumption on our 4G network has doubled in the last six months – with video streaming accounting for over 35 per cent of mobile data traffic.

“These trends are set to continue and through Carrier Aggregation, we can continue to provide faster data speeds to support the future needs of Kiwis.”

New Zealand was last month named as having the world's fastest 4G in an international survey by OpenSignal*. Carrier Aggregation - an early building block towards 5G - will further enhance Vodafone's 4G performance, as the combined spectrums provide a more consistent user experience when moving in and outdoors.

Carrier Aggregation is well-suited to Vodafone's 4G spectrum bands – 700 MHz, 1800 MHz and 2600 MHz. Low frequency 700 MHz spectrum has a large footprint, best-placed to deliver coverage to rural areas. 1800 MHz and 2600 MHz spectrum cater to smaller, denser geographical areas - like inner-city and suburban spots.

The fastest just got faster