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Vodafone Launches LTE Based 4G Network in New Zealand

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Vodafone New Zealand today launched its LTE network, with coverage initially available in Auckland. The operator selected Nokia Siemens Networks to deploy its LTE network in the 1800MHz spectrum band across the country.

Coverage will be live in parts of Christchurch in May, and parts of Wellington in August/September 2013.

In addition, NSN upgraded Vodafone's 2G and 3G networks to ensure improved coverage and speed for subscribers. They also jointly completed GSM and LTE refarming so that part of the GSM spectrum can be re-used for LTE.

In addition, the company provided its Circuit Switched FallBack (CSFB) voice system that enables the LTE network to transfer customers to 2G and 3G networks in order to make and receive voice calls and access voicemails while retaining LTE data connections.

Andrew Button, Country Director, Nokia Siemens Networks, New Zealand, said, "Fully understanding Vodafone's requirements, we closely worked with Vodafone to launch New Zealand's first LTE network in record time. Our services experts have worked with Vodafone's teams to successfully refarm the 2G 900 MHz spectrum, ensuring enhanced 3G coverage and faster data rates for Vodafone customers."

The government has recently announced plans to auction off 700Mhz spectrum for more LET capacity later this year.

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