Vodafone boosts connectivity for more rural New Zealanders

More connectivity for 326 Kiwis and 4 mobile black spots in Kaipara, Waitomo, Central Hawke’s Bay, Tasman, Gore and Southland districts

Vodafone has switched on additional 4G mobile services in parts of rural New Zealand, which means more New Zealanders can stay connected while continuing to work and learn from home.

The new cell sites are the latest in Vodafone’s commitment, as part of the Rural Connectivity Group and in partnership with Farmside, to bring forward world class 4G services for more Kiwis across Aotearoa during this unprecedented time of uncertainty.

These seven new cell sites in six towns will radically transform access to communication services and will likely assist 326 rural Kiwis and fill in four mobile black spots during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

Vodafone’s head of Networks and Platforms, Sharina Nisha says, “Connectivity is more important than ever now, and the telecommunications industry is pleased to work together to keep New Zealanders connected. The additional mobile connectivity will provide essential online access for remote working, at-home learning and entertainment.

“Vodafone is offering unlimited* data to our rural customers from midnight to 9am daily during Alert Level 3. This will allow customers to download Netflix or entertainment content at low-peak times ready for viewing the next day, so we can maintain connectivity for residents when internet traffic spikes and people are using the internet for work and learning purposes.”

Vodafone is working with Farmside, award-winning rural broadband provider, to connect more New Zealanders together.

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Notes to editor:

*A reminder that our Fair Use Policy continues to apply. Vodafone NZ reserves the right to apply its Traffic Management Policy, to improve the overall performance and experience among our customers, and to protect our network.

Connecting to these cell-sites requires a VoLTE-enabled device. VoLTE = Voice over LTE (4G). 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

List of RCG new cell-sites live from 24 April 2020:

Site Name
Council Region
Kaipara District
Gore District
Waikawa South
Southland District
Tasman district
Kopaki South
Waitomo District
Central Hawkes Bay District
Tasman district
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