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Nokia Networks gets Vodafone NZ 4G launch nod…

13 Aug 2014

Vodafone New Zealand has selected Nokia Networks to enable the launch of its commercial 700 MHz LTE network, one of the first Asia Pacific Telecommunity (APT) 700 MHz networks in the world.

With speeds up to 10 times faster than standard 3G services, Vodafone customers in Papakura will soon enjoy advanced mobile broadband services with improved network quality, speed and coverage.

Together with mobile broadband specialist Nokia Networks, the telco will deploy LTE coverage on the APT 700 MHz digital dividend spectrum band harmonised across several countries in the Asia Pacific region.

Vodafone New Zealand Director of Technology, Sandra Pickering says kicking off the commercial 4G rollout to rural New Zealand is a major milestone.

“There’s no question that 4G – particularly in rural areas – will deliver economic benefit and have strong impacts for productivity,” Pickering says.

“Our focus this year is about expanding our 4G network to rural New Zealand with 700MHz, and Nokia Networks will play an important part in implementing this initiative.

“We’ll be activating 4G wherever possible on new Rural Broadband Initiative sites this year.”

To support the launch, Vodafone will augment Nokia Networks’ compact and scalable Single RAN-Advanced Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Stations with the latest 6-pipe RF module for APT 700 MHz to deliver Multiple Input and Multiple Output (MIMO) on up to 3 sectors using a single unit.

This compact solution shares processing hardware with the existing network equipment to deliver an efficient, cost-effective platform that is ready to support LTE-A carrier aggregation on the 700 MHz band.

“After supporting Vodafone’s launch of the country’s first 4G network, we have further strengthened our collaboration by becoming a part of this important project,” adds Stephen McFeeley, ANZ Head, Nokia Networks.

“We wholeheartedly support Vodafone New Zealand as it places its customers at the heart of everything it does.

“And, we remain committed to help the operator in delivering the best-in-class service experience to its subscribers.”

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