Following nationwide trials, Spark (formerly Telecom New Zealand) has officially launched its ‘Rural Wireless Broadband’ service, giving eligible New Zealanders throughout the Heartland region access to a reliable and faster internet service. Over the last two months people living in locations such as Kaitaia in the far north to Alexandra in the south have participated in a user trial, as Spark sought to make a number of final tweaks to its network. The new service will initially be supported by Spark’s 700MHz 4G mobile platform.
Spark claims to currently offer 1800MHz Long Term Evolution (LTE) connectivity in more than 130 towns, cities and rural locations across the country. Since August 2014 it has also delivered 4G services using 700MHz spectrum to more than 200 mobile sites nationwide and has extensive plans to expand its 4G footprint over the next few years.
To check their eligibility for Spark’s Rural Wireless Broadband service, customers are advised to visit www.spark.co.nz/rural