4G coverage begins in Queenstown

Last updated 05:00 23/05/2013

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Queenstown and Glenorchy will be the first towns in New Zealand to have Vodaphone's 4G network coverage when Wakatipu coverage begins next month.

Vodafone director of external affairs Tom Chignall, who was in Queenstown to unveil network details in an especially rigged truck and trailer display unit yesterday, said the quantum leaps in network use and capability meant exciting times were ahead for smartphone and mobile device users.

"Over 50 per cent of Kiwis now use smartphones, which have taken over from PCs," he said. "Which has contributed to data use quadrupling in the last two years - an exponential increase likely to drive a 10-fold increase around the world in future years - which is quite a conservative estimate."

The surge in data usage was mostly video-driven, with video streaming and downloading accounting for 23 per cent of total data usage, Mr Chignall said. The 4G network would allow a seamless connection with cloud-based applications and stored data, HD video conferencing and content streaming.

As well as giving 4G network details, Mr Chignall also addressed some issues facing lakes district Vodafone customers.

"Wanaka had good coverage but the network's actual capacity needed adding to, which has now been done.

"Also we have been made aware that our network may need boosting at big concerts and gatherings in the Gibbston Valley over summer.

"We would ask organisers to make local Vodafone account managers aware of these events as soon as they can, so that we can organise getting one of our Cows, or cellsite on wheels, to boost network coverage at such events.

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- Waikato Times

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