New Lake Okareka cell tower boosts local connectivity

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Rotorua’s rural areas are enjoying better economic and social opportunities thanks to improved local cell phone coverage, says MP for Rotorua Todd McClay.

“34 new cell towers have been built throughout the country since 2015, and Rotorua is starting to experience the benefits,” says McClay.

“The new cell tower at Lake Okereka has led to better local cell coverage, and mobiles can now be used where there was previously no coverage.

“Better cell coverage helps drive economic development and enables rural Rotorua to take part in the digital economy.

“It’s also essential for emergency situations and makes personal life more convenient for people living and working in remote areas.

“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.”

The program has added 3825 square kilometres to the country’s cell network, and more towers are scheduled to be built in coming years.

“Improving rural connectivity is a priority for the National-led Government. The project is complemented by the Government’s Rural Broadband Initiative, and both programmes are helping boost Rotorua’s local economy and supporting our rural community,” McClay said.