More than two-thirds of Dunedin now has access to the world's
fastest mobile network technology.
Vodafone launched 4G network technology in the city last
Thursday and Telecom has announced it plans to follow suit
later this year.
The network can provide speeds up to 10 times faster than
standard 3G services.
Otago Chamber of Commerce chief executive John Christie said
although it was ''all early days'', the technology could
change the way Dunedin did business.
''It means people can have a choice of where they live and do
business from,'' he said.
''It allows us to be competitive. One of the issues we have
always had is the tyranny of distance and this does allow us
to break down that distance.''
It also benefited tourism and education in the city, as
visitors to Dunedin had come to expect these kinds of
services to be available, he said.
''We absolutely have to have the latest versions of these
technologies available for our businesses and for personal
Vodafone technology director Sandra Pickering said 4G
coverage was available to almost 70% of Dunedin and
nationally to 1.54 million people in 38 locations, including
Arrowtown and Queenstown.
Dunedin South MP and Labour's ICT spokeswoman Clare Curran
said the arrival of 4G was a ''major milestone'' for Dunedin.
''4G is incredibly enabling technology with huge benefits for
the people who visit, live, study and do business in
Dunedin,'' she said.
''Being able to offer 4G ... adds an extra dimension of
access to content and information.''
Telecom communications manager Julie Wagener said Telecom
planned to launch 4G capability in Dunedin ''within the next
Christchurch was the sole location where Telecom 4G
capability could be accessed at present but Dunedin would be
among sites where it would be available by the end of this
year, she said.
''We will be looking at multiple other sites within a similar
timeframe,'' she said.
She could not discuss other sites in the South Island, as
they were not yet finalised.