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Vodafone Welcomes Digital Dividend Decision

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Vodafone Welcomes Digital Dividend Decision

Vodafone congratulates the Government on its decision to switch off analogue TV by the end of 2013 as this will pave the way for a new era in telecommunications - ultra-fast broadband for all.

The decision means the spectrum currently allocated to free-to-air TV signals will become available for telcos to deliver the next generation of ultra-fast broadband over mobile, something Vodafone has been championing for many years.

"This is absolutely the right decision. The Government is already driving ultra-fast broadband using fibre. This announcement will enable ultra-fast broadband on wireless at the same time," says Vodafone CEO Russell Stanners.

"Smartphones are predicted to outnumber the total number of PCs, laptops and netbooks globally in the 2012-14 time frame, making it vital that we deliver the wireless networks that can deliver ultra-fast broadband anywhere anytime to complement the fibre service."

New Zealand is already a leader in mobile broadband and this decision will enable us to keep up with the rest of the world in terms of innovative new services.

The spectrum allows far greater speeds than ever before to be delivered over wireless networks.

"This technology is capable of delivering speeds of between 100Mbit/s and 200Mbit/s - five to ten times faster than the maximum broadband speeds we see today. The impact these kinds of speeds will have on productivity both in urban and rural New Zealand is profound and will help New Zealand compete on the world stage."

Rural New Zealand in particular will benefit from the decision as wireless is the most economical means of rolling out ultra-fast broadband to disperse populations. This has been the strategy in Australia, Germany and Ireland to achieve rural broadband coverage.

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