Five new cell sites boost broadband services for rural New Zealanders

More regional internet and mobile access via Vodafone’s involvement in the Rural Connectivity Group

Vodafone NZ has switched on additional 4G mobile services at five new cell sites - three in the North Island and two in the South Island - meaning more New Zealanders can tap into high-quality wireless rural broadband.

This is the latest in Vodafone’s commitment, as part of the Rural Connectivity Group (RCG) and in partnership with Farmside, to bring more world class 4G services to regional Kiwis across Aotearoa as part of the Rural Broadband Initiative 2 (RBI2) program.

The five sites are located in:

  • Karamu in the Waipā District
  • Lake Rotoma in the Whakatāne District
  • Manutahi in the South Taranaki District
  • Coldstream in the Ashburton District
  • Gowan Hill in the Southland District

Vodafone’s Head of Networks and Platforms, Sharina Nisha says, “Connectivity has shown to be more important than ever over the past few months, and the telecommunications industry is pleased to work together to keep New Zealanders connected. This additional mobile connectivity will provide great rural broadband access for locals and their businesses.

“Each new cell site will radically transform access to communication services and assist rural Kiwis during the COVID-19 pandemic and recovery efforts.”

To be able to make a call in one of the 4G coverage areas, you need a VoLTE-enabled device that has been updated with the latest manufacturer’s software. For more information and a list of VoLTE-enabled devices, please head here.

Vodafone works in partnership with Farmside, award-winning Timaru based provider, to offer Rural Broadband plans that connect New Zealanders to digital services.

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