Vodafone aims for 97% broadband coverage

3 Mar 2009

Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) has announced that it is working with Vodafone New Zealand to bring high speed 3G mobile access to 97% of the country’s population a year ahead of the cellco’s original schedule. Vodafone says its 900MHz wireless network will offer broadband internet access in many rural areas not currently covered by fixed broadband infrastructure. The 97% coverage target is expected to be met by the end of May this year; Vodafone had previously said the deployment would be finished in mid-2010. Russell Stanners, CEO of Vodafone New Zealand, commented: ‘Over half a million customers are enjoying the benefits of our 3G network today. We have invested nearly NZD3 billion in New Zealand, continually improving and extending our network through a progression of technology evolutions.’