Vodafone New Zealand has confirmed that its HSPA+ technology is now available in Auckland and Wellington; seven cell towers have gone live in Auckland, with a further three operational in Wellington. Additional HSPA+ towers will be deployed across heavy usage sites in those two cities, as well as in Christchurch, in early 2011. The technology – which the Vodafone Group has already introduced in Hong Kong, Greece and the Netherlands – utilises dual antennas on mobile phone towers. Vodafone users currently have access to peak speeds of between 3.6Mbps and 14.4Mbps. During HSPA+ field trials Vodafone technicians have obtained mobile broadband speeds ranging between 4Mbps and 20Mbps, with peak speeds of 28.8Mbps targeted by the operator. Sandra Pickering, Vodafone’s chief technology officer, commented: ‘This is only the first step in our smart network plans, as we transition towards Long Term Evolution (LTE) or 4G technology – the next evolution of mobile’.