Vodafone New Zealand has switched on 5G in parts of Whanganui, a city in the Manawatu-Whanganui region of the North Island. Having recently tripled mobile capacity in the region, the operator claims 5G coverage is now available to more than 40% of the population of Manawatu-Whanganui, adding to 5G services previously switched on in Palmerston North in May this year.
‘We’ve significantly improved our coverage footprint in the region over the past few months to ensure our customers are faster and better connected,’ Thaigan Govender, Head of Vodafone NZ’s Mobile Access Network, explained in a press release. ‘Whanganui is an awesome regional centre and we’re pleased to now offer customers in the coverage area the ability to connect to the latest mobile network, adding to Vodafone 5G coverage which has been live in Palmerston North since May … Customers will soon be able to connect to 116 cell sites across the Manawatu-Whanganui region, with 5G live in parts of both Palmerston North and Whanganui.’
The operator notes a ‘considerable’ network investment programme in the region has tripled mobile capacity and improved mobile coverage, speeds and reliability by upgrading 24 cell phone sites to include 4G, 4.5G or 5G technology and building 15 new cell sites, in addition to 33 new Rural Broadband Initiative 2 (RBI2) sites. As a result, Vodafone 4G now reaches more than 97% of the population in Manawatu-Whanganui and Vodafone 5G is available in more than 40% of places ‘where people work, live and play’ in the region. Furthermore, over 60% of the geographic area can connect to an IoT network.
Vodafone now offers 5G in parts of Auckland, Tauranga, Palmerston North, Whanganui, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown as well as a growing number of towns.