Fast networks

Speed is our strong point. From surfing the web to streaming and downloading large files. Faster speeds give you the power to do your thing better and faster than ever on our mobile network

1 Year of 4G

One year on, leading the 4G revolution for NZ

In the 12 months that 4G has been live, we have seen a significant growth in 4G devices as we’ve extended coverage to over 1.5m Kiwis, in 37 places across New Zealand. This is without doubt the new world standard for mobile networks - ten times faster than standard.

To celebrate one year of 4G we have combed through our network statistics and talked to hundreds of Vodafone customers, to bring you some insights, outlining the changing behaviours of Kiwis living in a faster, and better connected New Zealand.

Key facts from a year of 4G

  • 88% of 4G users have used portable hot spot on their handset
  • 4G users are 87% more likely to stream music than 3G users
  • 4G users are 74% more likely to stream video than 3G users
  • 24% of 4G users access social media more than 20 times per week
  • 4G users stream four times more content than 3G users
  • 4G users are twice more likely to buy online than 3G users

To find out more download the 4G report

Play Video two dials comparing 3g and 4g networks speed

Speed is our strong point

Our speedy Dual Carrier network is up to twice as fast as standard 3G and is already available to 70% of the population. We’re rolling out dual carrier coverage to more of our network so you’ll get faster speeds, in more places. Outside of our dual carrier coverage areas, your capable device will seamlessly transition to the next fastest available network speed. Find out where you can get dual carrier coverage.

Our 4G network is fast. Capable of delivering download speeds of 100Mb per second in some 4G areas and as much as 150Mb per second download on the latest smartphones. Vodafone 4G is the network the best smartphones were made for. Find out more about fast CAT4 LTE.

Vodafone 4G is the network the best smartphones were made for. So say hello to streaming HD movies, gaming in real time, downloading an album in the time it takes for a single track and instantly opening massive attachments. Now you can do everything a whole lot better on your 4G smartphone or tablet. Find out what you need to get 4G


4G Smartphones

With our new 4G network, at last you can use your 4G devices exactly how they were intended. But if you don't already have one, then why not take your pick from our line-up


Network jargon buster

Here’s a quick-reference list of all the important mobile and network terms in case you wanted to know!

2G: Built in the early 1990s the 2G network is also known as 2nd generation. This is our original GSM network, which handles mobile calls only. We keep our original 2G network in great shape, and it works seamlessly with 3G and 4G for reliability and quality of service.

3G (standard 3G): Also known as 3rd generation, 3G refers to our fast mobile network that covers 97% of where Kiwis live, work and play. 3G provides mobile calls, mobile internet access, wireless voice telephony, fired wireless internet access, video calls and mobile TV.

Dual Carrier 3G (DC or DC-HSPA), 42 Meg: Technology that bonds two 3G channels together to provide a faster data session. It works like twin turbos on a car, doubling the speed at which data can be sent and received. Dual carrier 3G is available in many urban centres in New Zealand and works by combining two 3G channels (or "carriers") that operate at 21 Mbps (Megabits per second) download giving a total 42 Mbps. Actual speeds will vary depending on things like signal level, distance from the tower etc. 42Meg Dual Carrier (DC) requires a "Dual Carrier" device and is great for watching HD video clips and speeding up the mobile internet experience.

4G: Known as 4th generation or LTE, 4G is a high speed mobile data connection for mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. It provides almost instantaneous web page loading, faster photo viewing on Facebook and streaming media experiences without the wait. And if you're a business customer it means smooth video conferencing, seamless connection to the cloud, and no delays when using hosted applications. 4G launched in parts of Auckland in February 2013 and is being rolled out across the country.

U900: 3G on the 900MHz frequency band - used for rural and marine areas, where there's a greater distance between cell sites. It also provides better indoor 3G coverage.

U2100: 3G on the 2100MHz frequency band - used for urban areas, where every cell site has more traffic to manage.

Sure Signal: Sure Signal is a device that boosts indoor 3G mobile phone signal. It's great for Vodafone customers who suffer from 'low bars' at home or work.

UFB: Ultra Fast Broadband (UFB) is a New Zealand government initiative to deliver fast broadband internet access, using fibre, to 75% of the population over a 10-year period. The aim is a minimum speed of 100 Mbps downloading and 50 Mbps uploading.