Telcos improve rural broadband

LAIRD HARPER
Last updated 05:00 20/12/2012

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Auroa can now enjoy better cellphone coverage and broadband speeds as the country's two telecommunication giants wade into the area.

Vodafone has just switched on a new cell site as part of the Government's Rural Broadband Initiative, and Telecom has invested more than $150,000 to boost its Smartphone network in the area.

Both companies will use the 25-metre tower, east of Auroa, which can cover 690 households.

Vodafone's Business Development manager Simon Bailey said the new cell site brought greater options to the community.

"Switching to wireless broadband can provide a consistent and reliable service to residents.

"It also offers the rural community the opportunity to increase production and monitoring through machine to machine automation," he said.

Telecom Hawera store manager Jo Gyde said the role of telecommunications in rural New Zealand has become an increasingly important service, with people becoming more reliant on their mobile phones as their primary form of connectivity.

"It's important New Zealand communities are able to access mobile services and this investment will ensure those who live and work in the Auroa area will be able to make the most of what the Telecom Smartphone Network can offer."

Three other South Taranaki towers will be built in Normanby, Kaponga and on Carrington Rd over the next three years.

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