Ex­tra data ca­pac­ity for hol­i­day­mak­ers

Hamilton Metro News - - News -

The idea of a sum­mer hol­i­day is to re­lax and switch off – but for most New Zealan­ders that doesn’t mean leav­ing their gad­gets at home.

Dur­ing last year’s Christ­mas hol­i­day pe­riod, Voda­fone cus­tomers used a whop­ping 970 Ter­abytes of data on the net­work – up 87 per cent dur­ing the same pe­riod the year be­fore.

That’s enough data to binge watch more than 300,000 HD Net­flix episodes this sum­mer.

“Ev­ery year we see an in­creas­ing de­mand for data on our net­work, es­pe­cially over the Christ­mas break, and we’re ex­pect­ing those fig­ures to con­tinue to rise this sum­mer hol­i­day,” said Voda­fone’s tech­nol­ogy di­rec­tor, Tony Baird.

Voda­fone has in­vested heav­ily in its net­work in the lead up to Christ­mas this year, spend­ing more than $2.5 mil­lion up­grad­ing cell sites around the coun­try’s most pop­u­lar hol­i­day hotspots.

New 4G ca­pac­ity has been added to the Lake Karipiro site to en­sure con­tin­ued con­nec­tiv­ity for cus­tomers in the area over the hol­i­day pe­riod.

The net­work in­vest­ment is part of a se­ries of planned up­grades ahead of an in­flux of hol­i­day go­ers ex­pected at the pop­u­lar lake­side lo­ca­tion over the sum­mer months.

“Whether it’s shar­ing hol­i­day snaps on so­cial me­dia or keep­ing tabs on the busi­ness from the bach, ki­wis will do it all from their smart­phone this sum­mer. We’re work­ing hard to en­sure our net­work is up to the test again this year,” Baird said.

Last Christ­mas, Whanga­mata, Man­gawhai, Whi­tianga, Pauanui and Matarangi were at the top of the coun­try’s most con­nected hol­i­day hotspots, based on data us­age at the pop­u­lar lo­ca­tions.

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