New cell site upgrades Kaka Point to 4G

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JOHN.COSGROVE@nullcluthaleader.co.nz

The wider Kaka Point township, is now live and 4G-compliant courtesy of a new tower installed recently by the Rural Connectivity Group (RCG) in Tarata St.

Rural Connective Group community engagement manager Gill Evans asked Kaka Point residents to note that the major network operators (Spark, Vodafone and 2degrees) are now predominantly using the 4G network to allow 4G calling over data.

“What this mean for users is that because Spark, Vodafone and 2degrees will now deliver mobile voice services on their networks via 4G, rather than the current 3G network, many customers will need a software update to their phone or, in some cases, may even need to upgrade their phone.

“If you have a problem please contact your service provider,” Mrs Evans said.

The RCG, in partnership with Crown Infrastructure Partners (CIP), plans to build over 450 new cell site facilities across rural New Zealand as part of the Government’s Rural

Broadband Initiative 2 (RBI2) and the Mobile Black Spots Fund (MBSF) programmes.

The independent entity was established in 2017 to build the infrastructure shared by New Zealand’s three mobile network operators.

In partnership with CIP they plan to deliver new mobile and wireless broadband coverage to at least 30,000 rural homes and businesses, provide mobile coverage to a further 1000km of state highway and provide connectivity to at least 90 top New Zealand tourist destinations by December 2022.