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Vodafone To Bring 3g Coverage To 97% Of Places New Zealanders Live Work And Play

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Vodafone To Bring 3g Coverage To 97% Of Places New Zealanders Live Work And Play

19 FEBRUARY 2009 - Vodafone plans to complete its rollout of 3G coverage to 97% of the places New Zealanders live work and play by 31 May 2009, a year ahead of schedule.

This means that many people who haven't had access to fixed broadband can now get mobile broadband, as well as popular 3G features such as mobile internet, full-track music downloads and video calling.

The rollout of the 900 MHz evolution of the 3G network ensures all New Zealanders can access the best technology, wherever they are, says Vodafone NZ CEO, Russell Stanners.

"Over half a million customers are enjoying the benefits of our NZ 3G network today. We've invested nearly $3 billion in New Zealand, continually improving and extending our network through a progression of technology evolutions. This allows us to refine and optimise the technology we've chosen, rather than starting from scratch and building a new network each time."

Vodafone has engaged Nokia Siemens Networks to extend its network. "Nokia Siemens has a powerful track record," says Stanners, "consistently being chosen to build new networks and extend existing networks. We're confident that by partnering with Nokia Siemens, we will continue to offer New Zealanders the best 3G products and services in the country."

Using the 900 MHz spectrum means extended 3G coverage for a more efficient build. "One of the reasons we chose Nokia Siemens is because of their strong environmental credentials," says Stanners. "Nokia Siemens has invested heavily in 'green radio', which substantially decreases the carbon footprint of the cellsites."

Vodafone offers New Zealanders the best choice for all their telecommunications needs - from mobile phones and mobile broadband to landlines and fixed broadband.

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