Waihau mobile reception boosted

Gisborne news
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The East Coast’s mobile reception has received a welcome expansion, thanks to a new cell tower Waihau Bay, local MP Anne Tolley says.

Spark and Vodafone, who won the auction of the 700 MHz band of radio spectrum in 2014, are required to build new towers in rural areas in the first five years following the purchase.

Now operational at Waihau Bay, the new tower is a real asset to the East Coast electorate, says Mrs Tolley.

“Locals living and working on the East Coast now have high-speed mobile coverage in locations where previously there was no coverage,” Mrs Tolley says.

“This extended coverage is vital for emergency services and is beneficial to connectivity all-round.

“The Waihau Bay Vodafone tower is an important milestone in the Government’s improvement of internet services for individual users, schools, hospitals and businesses – Kiwis seek to make the most of what’s on offer in the digital economy.”

80 per cent of New Zealanders now have access to 4G, or fourth generation, high speed mobile data services. The Government expects that number to reach 90 per cent by 2019.