Vodafone rolls out first commercial 700 MHZ LTE network

Vodafone has rolled out first commercial 700 MHz LTE network in New Zealand.

Vodafone has selected Nokia Networks to enable the launch of its commercial 700 MHz LTE network, one of the first Asia Pacific Telecommunity (APT) 700 MHz networks in the world.

With speeds up to 10 times faster than standard 3G services, Vodafone customers in Papakura will soon enjoy advanced mobile broadband services with superior network quality, speed and coverage.

Together with mobile broadband specialist Nokia Networks, Vodafone New Zealand will deploy LTE coverage on the APT 700 MHz digital dividend spectrum band harmonized across several countries in the Asia Pacific region. This band provides an excellent basis for high-quality indoor and extended rural area coverage for 4G-enabled devices.

Sandra Pickering, director, technology, Vodafone New Zealand says kicking off the commercial 4G rollout to rural New Zealand is a major milestone.

“Our focus this year is about expanding our 4G network to rural New Zealand with 700 MHz, and Nokia Networks will play an important part in implementing this initiative. We’ll be activating 4G wherever possible on new Rural Broadband Initiative sites this year,” added Pickering.

“After supporting Vodafone’s launch of the country’s first 4G network, we have further strengthened our collaboration by becoming a part of this important project,” said Stephen McFeeley, head, Australia and New Zealand at Nokia Networks.

To support the launch, Vodafone will augment Nokia Networks’ compact and scalable Single RAN-Advanced Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Stations with the latest 6-pipe RF module for APT 700 MHz to deliver Multiple Input and Multiple Output (MIMO) on up to 3 sectors using a single unit. This compact solution shares processing hardware with the existing network equipment to deliver an efficient, cost-effective platform that is ready to support LTE-A carrier aggregation on the 700 MHz band.

Additionally, network planning and optimization services will ensure the best performance of the new spectrum and seamless interworking of mobile broadband services across the various radio technologies (2G/3G/LTE) and frequency bands in Vodafone New Zealand’s network. The two companies recently joined forces to introduce small cells in the country and continue to work together to transform New Zealand’s telecommunications landscape.

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