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Mangawhai gets additional Spark coverage

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Spark has activated a new mobile site at Mangawhai Heads in anticipation of a surge in demand for mobile data in the area.

The new mobile site offers 3G and 4G mobile coverage and capacity to the area and is located in the stunning Northland region.

This year, Spark is anticipating huge growth in mobile data use across its network, but particularly in holiday hotspots all around New Zealand.

In addition to the new site, additional capacity has been added to improve coverage for one of the busiest times of the year for Mangawhai.

A temporary site, also known as a cell site on wheels (or a COW), has been set up in Mangawhai to increase coverage and capacity in preparation for the busy holiday period.

Spark General Manager of Networks, Colin Brown, says the improved coverage means better access to mobile services for holidaymakers and event-goers.

"We want to help Kiwis have the best summer yet by keeping them connected in more places this festive season and giving them another excuse to stay away on holiday just that little bit longer.

"Mangawhai is one of the busiest summer destinations with a packed holiday calendar, ranging from huge events like Northern Bass to the Beach and Country Market, and everything in between. Better mobile service means people can share their great holiday moments with friends and family, and stay up-to-date with everything else going on too," said Brown.

Nationwide Upgrades:

To ensure customers right across the country can stay connected throughout the busy summer months Spark has invested a significant amount in upgrading its mobile network in time for Christmas to cater for the expected increase in demand for mobile data.

In the last three months, Spark has extended 4.5G to more than 30 locations, expanded capacity on more than 100 sites and built new sites in popular holiday locations such as Helena Bay, Kaeo, Pakiri Beach, Raglan, Waikawa and Te Anau.

Spark is also deploying transportable sites to popular locations across the country such as Whitianga, Wanaka and Mahia Peninsula to improve capacity in the areas that see huge increases in visitors.

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