New towers help with better rural cell phone coverage

Friday, October 28, 2016

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean says rural communities around Central Otago are enjoying improved cell phone coverage thanks to four new local cell towers.

“Towers have been built at Shingle Creek, Cornish Point, Naseby and Millers Flat since 2015, and it’s been a great boost for rural communities.


“The cell phone coverage in some areas has not been great, so it’s good to see improvements are happening.


“Better cell coverage helps drive economic development and it enables Central Otago people, especially those in more remote rural areas, to conduct their business, access educational opportunities and most importantly keep in touch with family and friends.


“It’s also essential for emergency situations, particularly search and rescue events in remote areas, as mobiles can now be used where there was previously no coverage.


“Spark and Vodafone won a Government contract to build the towers as part of National’s commitment to deliver the best possible telecommunications infrastructure to New Zealanders.”


34 towers have been built throughout the country, adding 3825 square kilometres to the country’s cell network.


“The project is complimented by the Government’s Rural Broadband Initiative, and both programmes are helping boost Central Otago’s economy and support the rural community.


“Improving rural connectivity is a priority for the National-led Government and more towers are scheduled to be built in coming years.”