1 August, 2019
Vodafone today announced it will take its first step into New Zealand’s 5G future and switch on a 5G network in
December, starting in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown. The launch announcement coincides with today’s
completion of the sale of Vodafone New Zealand to Brookfield and Infratil, and follows Vodafone’s recent rollout of 5G
in the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain and Germany.
Vodafone NZ 5G launch: Jason Paris, and Tony Baird via hologram
Vodafone New Zealand CEO, Jason Paris, said, “I’m thrilled to announce we will be bringing genuine 5G to New Zealanders
later this year, building on our proud heritage of being first to deliver the best technology from around the world to
Kiwis including 2G, 3G, and 4G.
“5G is so much more than the successor to 4G. It’s our most powerful tool yet, representing a transformational shift
that will drive a digital revolution and make New Zealanders’ lives and businesses better, smarter and more productive.
“The decision to bring 5G to New Zealand now is to help ensure New Zealand businesses can maintain their competitiveness
in an increasingly connected world. The experience of Vodafone in launching 5G in other countries has shown that
consumer applications such as gaming, wearables, and smart home technologies definitely benefit from 5G’s higher-speed
and lower latency, however it is innovative businesses and public organisations who are the real early adopters.
“5G is starting to shape the future of every sector. In health with connected ambulances and remote surgery, in
manufacturing with automated factories and in utilities with smart waste management or intelligent electricity networks.
It’s starting to benefit communities around the world and deliver social-good outcomes, for example through improved
e-learning capabilities. We want all businesses and organisations to see what 5G can do for them.
“Vodafone is already working alongside a number of business partners to understand how the power of 5G can improve the
lives of New Zealanders. I’m proud to announce our first four partners, NZ Police, BNZ, Auckland’s Rescue Helicopter and
Waste Management. They have agreed to work with us and our partners Nokia, Microsoft, and IBM, to begin to scope their
Vodafone Technology Director, Tony Baird said the potential applications of 5G are exponential. “5G takes New Zealand
beyond mobile and will accelerate Vodafone New Zealand’s leadership position in IoT. 5G and IoT will enable
hyper-connectivity between machines, smart devices and people. This means we’ll start seeing the development of
innovative, intelligent processes and connected services that simply haven’t been possible or even conceivable until
“5G is also ideally suited for delivering fixed wireless broadband. This will be a great broadband solution for many
more New Zealand customers than was previously possible, and will complement our ongoing investment in 4G, IoT and fixed
Paris added, “This announcement demonstrates Infratil and Brookfield’s commitment to invest in New Zealand’s future, and
is the first of many initiatives that will show that we are 100% focussed on delivering world class experiences for all
Vodafone customers and for New Zealand.
“For Vodafone New Zealand customers, 5G is not a someday technology. This is their future – now. When we switch on a
global standards-based 5G network for New Zealand in December it will mark the next chapter of our journey to transform
Vodafone New Zealand and help unlock innovations that will enable all New Zealanders to live better, safer, healthier
and more connected lives.
“Today we are announcing a network leadership initiative for New Zealand. There is a lot more to come in terms of
leadership from us. We also have an announcement on service leadership coming soon that will make a significant
difference to the delivery of more consistent customer service for everyone. We know we aren’t where we need to be on
this, so watch this space.”
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Notes to editor:
• At full capability, 5G will enable more than 10 times faster speeds on 5G smartphones than typical 4G today.
• 5G is a near real-time network that can offer significantly lower latency of <20 milliseconds (ms) for some consumer applications (e.g. gaming or augmented reality) and <5ms for ultra-low latency applications (e.g. in smart factories)
• We will be communicating with our mobile customers about how to access 5G enabled plans for no additional charge. In
the future we plan to charge a premium for 5G.
• To be eligible for 5G customers will need a 5G capable device, a 5G enabled plan and be in a 5G connected area.