5G comes to towns in New Zealand’s North Island

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New Zealand telecommunication company Spark has switched on 5G in Te Awamutu and New Plymouth, the latest locations in its nationwide rollout of the next generation of mobile technology.

As New Zealand continues to experience huge growth in the demand for data, Spark’s rollout of 5G provides much needed support in boosting capacity to areas like Te Awamutu – the third busiest cell site in New Zealand for mobile data usage.

Spark is also working with Aon New Zealand in Te Awamutu to help keep their business connected over 5G, through a trial of Spark’s cloud managed network VMware SD-WAN service. ​This will ensure there is no impact to their business if their main fibre connection fails, by enabling reliable, fast connectivity over 5G wireless.

Jonathon Cook, Regional IT Director at Aon New Zealand said as an insurance provider helping people in times of urgent need, it’s really important that we have a reliable, steady internet connection 24/7.

“Aon is excited to be trailing this new technology over Spark’s new 5G network which will provide us with peace of mind should our fibre connection fail,” said Cook. “We’re confident that the reliable, fast connectivity of 5G wireless will help us continue to look after our customers, no matter what.”

In July, Spark confirmed it would turn on 5G in five locations before the end of the year. New Plymouth and Te Awamutu are the fourth and fifth locations in New Zealand to have access to Spark’s 5G on both wireless broadband and mobile, alongside Palmerston North, Dunedin and Auckland as well as six South Island towns who have access to Spark’s 5G wireless broadband services.




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