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Vodafone increases IoT network footprint around Aotearoa NZ

Internet of Things (IoT) networks expected to reach greater than 60% geographic coverage within three years as regional investment program continues

With the ever-growing rise of the Internet of Things (IoT), and 5G opening up the potential of even more connected devices, Vodafone continues to build its IoT coverage footprint to support New Zealand businesses as they seek productivity and operational benefits.

Vodafone already provides extensive IoT coverage on both Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) and Long Term Evolution for Machine to Machine (LTE-M), and expects to reach greater than 60% geographic land coverage on NB-IoT over the next few years as its regional investment program continues and Rural Broadband Initiative 2 (RBI2) reaches completion.

Tony Baird, Wholesale & Infrastructure Director at Vodafone NZ, says: “We’re seeing increasing numbers of New Zealand businesses expand their IoT strategies and bring more connected devices and sensors into their operations to maximise productivity, particularly within the agriculture sector as a key growth engine of our economy.

“We’re pleased the RBI2 rollout on Cat-M is now live to complement Cat-M on the Vodafone network, and NB-IoT network expansion plans also continue to progress well. We’re proud to currently offer the largest NB-IoT network in Aotearoa New Zealand.

“NB-IoT is great for low power, wide area coverage for applications like metering of power and water - while Cat-M offers lower range but higher bandwidth for applications like video and security. With 5G heralding in the era of connected devices, we expect IoT to become even more important to NZ businesses now and in the future.”

This week, Vodafone reached over 60% geographic coverage for IoT devices in the Manawatū-Whanganui region, with network investments continuing to better connect other parts of the country. This supplements the Vodafone 4G network which now reaches more than 97% of the population in Manawatū-Whanganui.

“As a long, thin, often sparsely populated country it is hard to offer connectivity to all of New Zealand’s land mass, but our greater than 60% target will provide IoT coverage to the vast majority of our agricultural and productive land. Technology continues to evolve and for businesses buying new IoT solutions, which often are investment decisions that can last at least 10 years, we recommend purchasing devices that connect to newer generation networks such as 4G and 5G.”

To check the Vodafone coverage area, which will continue to expand as 4G, 4.5G and 5G coverage enhancements continue and the RBI2 network is built, please visit www.vodafone.co.nz/coverage. Coverage maps for NB-IoT and LTE Cat-M are available at: https://www.vodafone.co.nz/iot/networks/

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