New Zealand telco Spark and Nokia have launched 5G services in the Auckland Viaduct area to bring high-speed wireless connectivity to a major international sailing event. The 5G network will use Nokia’s AirScale radio portfolio to deliver ultra-fast data speeds with low latency, enabling Spark’s customers to experience new interactive applications while making existing ones more efficient, even under the significant traffic demands of a major sporting event. To support network agility, Nokia has deployed NetAct, a cloud-agnostic solution, across Spark’s network. NetAct manages both radio and core networks, and provides applications that oversee fault, configuration, performance and security management. Nokia is providing network planning and new product introduction support to optimise 5G performance. Spark activated its first 5G wireless network in Palmerston North in July and promised to add four more locations before the end of the year.
In addition, located within the Auckland Viaduct precinct is Spark’s 5G Race Zone, also powered by Nokia 5G technology. The Race Zone is a consumer brand experience designed to put sailing fans at the heart of the action with a multi-crew simulator, a 4D immersive experience and a wind tunnel that visualises wind data.
Raj Singh, General Manager of Value Management at Spark New Zealand, said: ‘We want customers to experience the true power of 5G, and Nokia is an important partner helping us achieve this. By leveraging Nokia’s technology, we will be able to increase capacity and coverage in the most demanding areas. With our 5G offerings, we are looking to create exciting new ways to enhance events for our subscribers. Therefore, we’re thrilled to see how consumers and businesses benefit from this 5G rollout as we showcase the different benefits of 5G – speed, low latency and mass connectivity.’