Mobile coverage boost for Coast

New sites for cellphone coverage this summer include four points around the East Coast.

It is part of a plan by mobile networks Spark and Vodafone to beef up coverage around holiday hotspots and music festival locations.

The new sites include Hicks Bay, Te Puia Springs, Tutara (by Wairoa) and Whakapunake.

Vodafone says it is spending more than $2 million upgrading cell sites around festivals, including Rhythm & Vines in Gisborne.

As well as added coverage over the busy holiday period, more rural broadband and mobile coverage has been signalled by Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Minister Kris Faafoi

They announced today that over the next four years, coverage across New Zealand would lift to 99.8 percent of the population.

Tairawhiti would have close to 100 percent population coverage of improved broadband at the conclusion of the Government expansion.

The $40 million earmarked for the project will come from the Government’s Provincial Growth Fund.

Minister Jones said it would ensure vital technology would be available in the most far-flung parts of provincial New Zealand.

New sites for cellphone coverage this summer include four points around the East Coast.

It is part of a plan by mobile networks Spark and Vodafone to beef up coverage around holiday hotspots and music festival locations.

The new sites include Hicks Bay, Te Puia Springs, Tutara (by Wairoa) and Whakapunake.

Vodafone says it is spending more than $2 million upgrading cell sites around festivals, including Rhythm & Vines in Gisborne.

As well as added coverage over the busy holiday period, more rural broadband and mobile coverage has been signalled by Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Minister Kris Faafoi

They announced today that over the next four years, coverage across New Zealand would lift to 99.8 percent of the population.

Tairawhiti would have close to 100 percent population coverage of improved broadband at the conclusion of the Government expansion.

The $40 million earmarked for the project will come from the Government’s Provincial Growth Fund.

Minister Jones said it would ensure vital technology would be available in the most far-flung parts of provincial New Zealand.

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