3 New Zealand Firms Propose Mobile Broadband Service
Tuesday, April 04, 2017 | Comments

Trilogy International Partners announced that its New Zealand subsidiary, 2degrees, filed a joint proposal with Vodafone and Spark to improve broadband and mobile services in rural New Zealand.

The three telecommunications providers made a submission to the government for the delivery of high-speed broadband and mobile services using the Rural Broadband Initiative Extension (RBI2) and Mobile Black Spot Fund.

The proposal would see more than 500 cell sites deliver a 25 percent increase in mobile land coverage across New Zealand. Thousands of rural households and businesses would gain access to fast broadband and mobile coverage, and users will be able to access more than 1,200 kilometers of additional mobile coverage along state highways.

Extended coverage on state highways means the public will have better access to emergency services, and police, fire and ambulance officers will be better equipped to coordinate operations from isolated locations, a statement said.

If successful, the bid would see Vodafone, Spark and 2degrees collectively make a capital contribution of NZ$75 million (US$52.3 million) to establish the infrastructure. The investment package would also include contribution of spectrum, ongoing expenditure and other resources required to deliver and run a significant infrastructure deployment program. This more than matches the government’s contribution of NZ$150 million (US$104.6 million) via the Telecommunications Development Levy (TDL).

“2degrees has a proud history of investment and innovation in New Zealand, we are therefore very happy to be part of this proposal to address the digital inequity between urban and rural communities,” said 2degrees CEO Stewart Sherriff. “If successful, this joint infrastructure investment bid will enable 2degrees to compete strongly to provide rural households and businesses — and domestic and international tourists — with the products and services they deserve.”

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