Homes and businesses on New Zealand’s West Coast now have boosted 2degrees mobile and broadband services, thanks to the telco’s role as part of the Rural Connectivity Group (RCG). Three new 4G cell sites have already been switched on in Kongahu, Little Wanganui and Kokatahi this year, while a 3G/4G site is scheduled for deployment in Haast in October. These are in addition to the nine sites the RCG built on the West Coast in 2019.
‘We are proud to invested more than NZD960 million (USD581 million) in our own 2degrees national mobile network during the last ten years, and this covers most of the places Kiwis spend their time. Together with the mobile industry and government, we’re part of RCG, which is reducing the digital divide in remote areas,’ said Paul Mathewson, 2degrees Chief Commercial Officer and RCG board member.
The RCG is a partnership between Crown Infrastructure Partners and the cellcos 2degrees, Spark and Vodafone NZ to build shared infrastructure, enabling the three operators and wholesalers to provide services to rural communities from just one site. Once the RCG project is completed it will deliver new mobile and wireless broadband coverage to at least 38,000 rural homes and businesses, mobile coverage to a further 1,200km of state highways and provide connectivity to at least 152 leading New Zealand tourist destinations by December 2022.