Kir­wee’s cell ser­vice gets a big boost

Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook - - OUT & ABOUT - ERIN TASKER

The ac­ti­va­tion of a new mo­bile cell site has de­liv­ered new 4G mo­bile cov­er­age to Kir­wee.

Since the 2011 earth­quakes, many towns out­side of Christchurch have grown sig­nif­i­cantly, in­clud­ing Kir­wee. Ac­cord­ing to the Sel­wyn Dis­trict Coun­cil, Kir­wee’s pop­u­la­tion will grow by 21 per cent within five years.

Un­til re­cently though, Kir­wee had lim­ited mo­bile phone cov­er­age. Kir­wee com­mu­nity rep­re­sen­ta­tive and Scenic Ho­tel IT man­ager Chris Clay­ton said mo­bile cov­er­age was vi­tal for work and play.

‘‘This is about con­nec­tiv­ity for the town, be­ing able to make calls within the com­mu­nity, be­ing con­nected, and for those of us who have busi­nesses in and around Kir­wee, be­ing eas­ily con­tactable by our cus­tomers.’’

Spark’s head of South Is­land Paul Deav­oll said the im­proved mo­bile net­work would al­low lo­cals and vis­i­tors to stay con­stantly con­nected.

‘‘This will also en­able lo­cal res­i­dents with poor broad­band ser­vices to ac­cess Spark’s wire­less broad­band.’’

Spark and Voda­fone worked to­gether to de­liver the tower which is now live with 3G and 4G.

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