2degrees Expands 5G Coverage to More Regions Across New Zealand

2degrees extends its 5G network to Nelson, Oamaru, Greymouth, Gore, and Masterton, with plans to cover 50 towns by mid-next year as it ramps up 5G rollout across the country.


  • 2degrees introduces 5G technology in Nelson, Oamaru, Greymouth, Gore, and Masterton.
  • Plan to extend 5G coverage to 50 towns by the coming year.
  • 2degrees achieves wider 5G coverage compared to rivals in major cities.

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2degrees Expands 5G Coverage to More Regions Across New Zealand
New Zealand telecommunications provider 2degrees has accelerated its 5G network expansion with the launch of the 5G Technology in Nelson, Oamaru, Greymouth, Gore, and Masterton. 2degrees stated that this move is part of its strategic plan to bring 5G to 50 towns by mid-next year.

Also Read: 2degrees to Shut Down 3G Services in New Zealand by Late 2025

5G Expansion Grows in NZ Towns

"We continue to roll out 5G at pace. The access to longer-term 3.5 GHz spectrum rights allocated by the government this year, and the certainty this has provided is supporting the continued development of New Zealand's world-class mobile networks and means we can invest with confidence," 2degrees said.

2degrees emphasised the significance of government-allocated 3.5 GHz spectrum rights in boosting their confidence for network development, as reported by TelecomTalk.

Also Read: New Zealand Government Grants 3.5 GHz Spectrum to Major Network Operators for 5G Rollout

Broad 5G Footprint in Major Cities

2degress highlighted "Traditionally, people use more data when it's sunny, so with Nelson's reputation for being the sunshine capital of New Zealand, it will be interesting to see data usage in the area."

The telco said, "2degrees 5G coverage achieved in Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch is also well advanced. A comparison between the main telco's coverage maps shows 2degrees has a wider reach with 5G in our major cities."

Surge in Network Usage Amid Visitor Influx

Notably, 2degrees reported a surge in international visitors using its network in August, establishing post-COVID records. The telco attributed this surge to the influx of visitors coming to New Zealand for the World Cup.

Also Read: 2degrees Acquires MyRepublic New Zealand Broadband Base

2degrees 5G Areas

Presently, 2degrees' 5G technology is available in multiple areas, including Oamaru, Nelson, Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington, Palmerston North, Whangarei, Rotorua, Masterton, Greymouth, Napier, Hamilton, Tauranga, Gore, and Cromwell.

The 5G expansion aims to enhance mobile connectivity and data services for these regions, furthering New Zealand's mobile network capabilities.

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