Telecommunications provider 2degrees has introduced 5G technology in the Invercargill CBD. While the company did not provide a specific timeline for the entire city to have access to the 5G network, they mentioned that 5G would next be made available to customers in Gore. Telecom providers typically deploy new networks like 5G in a phased manner.
Currently, when 2degrees customers enter the CBD area, their devices will automatically connect to 5G. The company plans to expand 5G to 50 towns across New Zealand by the middle of next year. Mark Callander, the CEO of 2degrees, expressed his satisfaction in being able to bring this technology to Invercargill customers, as it will enhance mobile connectivity in the region.
2degrees currently holds about 30% of the market share in Southland. 5G networks offer faster download speeds, increased bandwidth, and the ability to connect more devices, thereby improving internet services in densely populated areas. Apart from Invercargill, 2degrees 5G is also available in various other cities such as Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, and Hamilton.
In addition to the rollout of 5G, 2degrees has made plans to close its 3G mobile network by the end of 2025. This closure will align with similar plans from other providers like Spark and One NZ. The decision to shut down the 3G network means that older mobile devices will no longer have easy access to mobile services in New Zealand.
Last year, 2degrees was recognized as the most consumer-friendly large telecommunications company in New Zealand by Consumer NZ. Their review, conducted at the request of the Commerce Commission, evaluated the ease with which customers of Spark, Vodafone, and 2degrees could monitor their phone usage and spending.