2degrees, New Zealand’s third largest mobile operators by subscribers, has announced that it intends to invest more than NZD100 million (USD76.8 million) in its network over the next two years. The deal will see strategic partner Huawei Technologies increase the size, capacity and capability of the 2degrees network, future-proofing the company’s existing infrastructure to ensure that it is capable of supporting 2degrees’ mooted migration towards Long Term Evolution (LTE).
2degrees CEO Eric Hertz commented: ‘We already provide great value calling, texting and mobile broadband services throughout New Zealand, so that won’t change. What this will mean is a network that meets the growing demands of smartphone and data device users. We’re very conscious that we need to build networks that deliver on tomorrow’s speed and capacity demands, so being able to upgrade to 4G via a software activation rather than a network rebuild is especially important as new spectrum becomes available and consumer demands for data continue to grow’. Hertz confirmed that this outlay will bring the total investment in 2degrees to more than NZD400 million.