Vodafone New Zealand

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Company Name

Vodafone New Zealand Limited

Ownership Type

Subsidiary

MNC

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3G UMTS Frequency Bands

4G LTE Frequency Bands

Company Overview

Vodafone New Zealand Limited provides telecommunication services in New Zealand. It offers mobile, broadband, and television services to individuals and business clients. The company was incorporated in 1998 and is based in Auckland, New Zealand. Vodafone New Zealand Limited operated as a subsidiary of Vodafone Europe B.V. until its sale to local infrastructure investment firm Infratil and Canada’s Brookfield Asset Management.

The company has invested millions of dollars in its 3G network, improving capacity in congested urban areas. It has New Zealand's first 4G LTE network and continues to maintain its 2G network. In February 2013, Vodafone New Zealand launched their LTE network which is currently available in 54 centres in total. In June 2014, Vodafone was ranked the fastest mobile network on the planet by speed-testing service Ookla.

In October 2006, Vodafone bought ihug, New Zealand's third largest Internet service provider and now provides Internet service under the Vodafone New Zealand brand name. In 2012 Vodafone also bought TelstraClear, making it NZ's second largest ISP.

Vodafone NZ IoT

Following Spark's IoT network announcement, in July 2017 the company announced its plans to begin rollout of a nationwide LPWA network based utilising NB-IoT (LTE Cat-NB1). Vodafone commercially launched both NB-IoT and eMTC (LTE-M) networks in November 2018 over the operator's existing 4G LTE spectrum.

Vodafone NZ 5G

In July 2019 Vodafone New Zealand announced it would switch on its 5G network in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown in December. The initial network deployment consisted of 100 dedicated 5G base stations and a further 20 cell-on-wheels. The network consists of an n257 (28 GHz) mmWave service along with a conventional n78 (3500 MHz) mid-band carrier once spectrum auctions conclude.

In late August 2019 Vodafone announced that five cell sites in Mangere, South Auckland had been upgraded to 5G and made live for network testing ahead of the commercial launch of its 5G network in December 2019.

Vodafone currently holds 2x14 MHz of 3500 MHz band spectrum, designed for FDD and impractically narrow for 5G.

3G UMTS Network Information

Details on UMTS network deployments are shown below. Data are often incomplete due to commercial nature. Consult dossier text for further details.

Launch Date 2006-10 Status Active
UMTS BandPacket DataStatus
Active
Active
4G LTE Network Information

Details on LTE network deployments are shown below. Data are often incomplete due to commercial nature. Consult dossier text for further details.

Evolution Status Active [Launched 2013-02]
Max. MIMO Max. Modulation
Carrier Aggregation Features
LTE BandChannel WidthStatus
15 MHz Active
20 MHz Active
15 MHz Active
5G NR Network Information

Details on 5G NR network deployments are shown below. Data are often incomplete due to commercial nature. Consult dossier text for further details.

Type Status Build-Out
Max. MIMO Max. Modulation
Carrier Aggregation - Features -
NR BandChannel WidthStatus
No Data Planned
100 MHz Build-Out
IoT Network - NB-IoT (LTE Cat-NB1)
Technology Status Active
Band Launch Date
IoT Network - eMTC (LTE Cat-M1)
Technology Status Active
Band Launch Date