Spark adds third EPC node as mobile data grows five-fold

26 Sep 2017

New Zealand telco Spark has installed a third Evolved Packet Core (EPC) node to add additional capacity and resiliency to its mobile network. The new EPC node in Porirua supplements existing ones in Auckland and Christchurch, providing additional resiliency and the flexibility to shift and re-route traffic as required, particularly in the case of a natural disaster or emergency. The firm says it has experienced a five-fold increase in mobile data traffic in the first eight months of the year, with 34 Petabytes (34 million Gigabytes) consumed between January and August this year, compared to 6.89 Petabytes in the same period of 2016. It adds that the network upgrade will help support its latest LTE-A enhancements, which use 4×4 MIMO and 256QAM.

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