Two Degrees Mobile Limited is New Zealand's newest full service telecommunications provider. It is controlled by US holding Trilogy International Partners, which provides wireless telecommunication services in Latin America as well as investments in a range of other countries.
Back in the 90s a visionary group of Maori challenged the crown through the Treaty of Waitangi and won the rights to 3G spectrum. Despite financial and regulatory adversity a Maori Trust (Hautaki) was established with the challenge of launching New Zealand’s third mobile network. Tex Edwards founded 2degrees in February 2001 and provided initial capital. Later that year investments were made by Strive Masiyiwa’s Econet Wireless group and shortly afterwards the pan-Maori trust Hautaki. After successfully advocating for critical regulatory realignment the company was fully capitalised in 2007 and construction of its mobile network began. 2degrees commercially launched in 2009, significantly lowering the cost of mobile for Kiwis.
2degrees operates a 3G UMTS network over B1 (2100 MHz) and B8 (900 MHz), and 4G LTE network over B3 (1800 MHz) and B28 (700 MHz). In areas without 2degrees coverage, handsets roam on Vodafone NZ's GSM and UMTS network.