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2Degrees 'ahead of schedule' as 4G comes to Hamilton

Computerworld New Zealand staff | Sept. 29, 2014
Almost three months to the day after launching 4G services at 72 sites in central Auckland, 2Degrees has kept to its promise of future rollouts, now bringing LTE to Hamilton.

Almost three months to the day after launching 4G services at 72 sites in central Auckland, 2Degrees has kept to its promise of future rollouts, now bringing LTE to Hamilton.

In providing 4G capability to the area, the telco has now serviced the country's four largest cities, with LTE network coverage in the country's four largest cities by population size including Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland with more to follow.

2degrees' Chief Technology Officer Mike Davies says 2degrees' 4G rollout is running ahead of schedule and customer demand for 4G network capability is high.

"The first stage of our rollout has been achieved well ahead of schedule and the rollout to NZ's other cities and towns will begin earlier than expected," he says.

Whilst data usage on the company's network has continued to double each year, Davies says the telco has seen a "significant increase" since launching 4G in June with 4G customers using 70 per cent more data on an average day compared to those using 3G.

"Meanwhile we continue to trial other technology to support our customers' ever increasing demand for data including a WIFI trial in Wellington and a 4G trial on 700MHz in central Auckland."

In less than five years, 2Degrees has built a national 2G, 3G, boosted 3G, HSPA+ network and now the next generation of connectivity has arrived, which can theoretically deliver data speeds of up to 150Mbps -- more than 10 times faster than standard 3G connections.

4G services will cover Beerescourt, Chartwell, Chedworth Park, Claudelands, Enderley, Fairfield, Forest Lake, Frankton, Hamilton Central, Hillcrest, Maeroa, Pukete, Silverdale, St Andrews and Whitiora.

 

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