Sunday, 6 July 2008

Vodafone's 3G coverage boost long overdue

I was pleased to read that Vodafone New Zealand is planning a major expansion of its 3G mobile network, with an claimed investment of $500,000.

However I was very surprised to discover that Vodafone's 3G network apparently covers about 63% of New Zealand at the moment. I have found 3G coverage in Otago and Southland to be extremely patchy, and for 3G Broadband coverage to be pretty much non-existent outside of the city centres of Dunedin and Invercargill.

Vodafone says it will be expanding the faster 3G mobile network to cover 97% of New Zealand by April 2010. The company says customers can expect download speeds of up to 7.2 Mbps, "depending on their areas".

The upgrade of Vodafone's 3G network is long overdue, and pretty much vital if the company's to have any real success in rolling out the long-awaited Apple iPhone in New Zealand.

Most of the iPhone's really useful features like maps, email, and web browsing rely on an internet connection with a decent speed... something that Vodafone definitely can't claim to have at the moment.

* NZ Herald: Vodafone commits to $500 million mobile investment

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