Vodafone New Zealand has announced that its 4G LTE network now covers 94% of the Kiwi population. In an official press release, the cellco also notes that it has been at the forefront of 4G carrier aggregation (CA) developments since 2015, adding that CA is currently enabled across 40% of Vodafone NZ’s LTE network. Further, Tony Baird, Vodafone Technology Director, added that small cell technology represents a key part of the company’s research and development (R&D), saying: ‘Small cells are like mini cell sites that can operate completely off the grid, delivering super-fast 4G broadband and mobile coverage to hard-to-reach communities that have previously had nothing … particularly in rural areas where rugged landscapes are notorious for blocking mobile signals.’
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Vodafone NZ was the first in the country to introduce 4G technology in February 2013. Vodafone passed the one million LTE subscriber milestone in mid-2015 and has continued to grow its 4G base in subsequent years.