Spark is delivering New Zealand’s first 5G commercial service into selected areas of five South Island towns and communities.
Spark 5G wireless broadband services are now live in selected areas of Westport, Clyde, Twizel, Tekapo, and Hokitika. This builds upon the 5G service Spark switched on in Alexandra in September, with further locations coming next year.
Mark Beder, Technology Director at Spark said, “With our new commercial 5G wireless broadband service, we’re offering Kiwis in regional New Zealand towns the chance to be some of the first people to discover 5G with Spark. We’re inviting these customers to come on the 5G journey with us.”
“Wireless broadband is one of the first use cases for 5G, and we’ve chosen to deliver it to several towns in heartland New Zealand who are all high users of our current wireless broadband product as we think these customers will get the most benefit,” added Beder.
Spark has created a new “5G Discover” plan which provides up to 600 GB per month of data, a substantial increase in data over the wireless broadband plans available in those regions previously.
The Spark 5G Discover plan flexes based on a customer’s data usage so if they use less, they pay less – from $75 a month to a maximum of $95 per month. The 5G Discover Entertainment plan includes Lightbox and Netflix and is priced between $85 and $105 per month. For these five towns Spark has included an introductory discount of $10 per month for the first twelve months of the plan.
Bruce Smith, Mayor of Hokitika said, “I’m delighted that Spark has brought 5G to Hokitika, and it’s exciting that we can be among the first people in New Zealand to try out this new technology. We definitely need better connectivity on the West Coast so this is a chance for residents to experience the real difference that 5G will bring.”
The 5G wireless broadband service in Alexandra will transition from a trial to a commercial service next month meaning Spark will have six towns with 5G commercial services.
The Spark 5G services in the five towns use the latest Nokia 5G radio equipment including a smart antenna system, which will provide optimised capacity and coverage compared to 4G.