What is the Community Cell Site request scheme?
Vodafone established the Community Cell Site request scheme to allow small rural communities without useable mobile service and outside the scope of the Rural Broadband Initiative, to apply for improved mobile coverage in their local area.
Vodafone and the community work together on the project. Essentially Vodafone provides the expertise, technical equipment and manages construction of the facility while the community provides the land, assists in the civil works where possible and is responsible for the ongoing maintenance of the access track and site location.
Vodafone intends to call for applications each year in order to provide basic mobile services to the local community.
Who can benefit?
Communities with no useable mobile coverage who wish to benefit from this scheme must be able to demonstrate as many of the criteria as possible to qualify for consideration. Click here for full criteria.
Community Cell Site Request Scheme full criteria.
- List and diagrams of the areas the community would like to have coverage, listed in order of priority.
- List all suggested locations for a telecommunications tower with the following information provided for each location:
- GPS coordinates of suggested site locations to serve the areas of priority.
- Photos of the proposed sites and access tracks.
- Letter signed by the landowner confirming they are agreeable in principal to a telecommunications facility being located on their land and advising of any third party approvals which would be required in order for Vodafone to establish a facility on the land.
- Description of the property and location (e.g. terrain, usable area, access route). Please include colour photos of the proposed location and the access route. Panoramic photos taken from the proposed location would also be useful.
- Distance and suggested route to existing mains power supply with nearest pole and/or transformer number. Note: Single phase, 30 amps of power is required. Power supply is one of the main considerations for a preferred site location. Applicants may like to consider approaching local lines companies for support in supplying power with regard to their application.
- 4WD access to each site with confirmation the community are willing to maintain this access.
- Letter of support from local MP(s).
- Confirmation from the Applicant that the whole community support Vodafone mobile coverage and will support a tower being built in the community. Supporting material to include a signed petition from all residents supporting the need for service in their community and their confirmed support to any RMA application for a facility in their community.
- Support of local Iwi including a signed letter of support from the relevant Iwi / Hapu as well as the appropriate contact person with their contact details.
- A signed letter of support from the local Council or Community Board member/s.
- A single point of contact willing to work with Vodafone and take responsibility for the deliverables including securing lease agreement with the landowner, providing additional information as required by Vodafone, liaising with Council and keeping their community informed to ensure the successful delivery of the site.
- Description of the positive impact the site will bring to the community.
What does the community need to know?
- The height and design of the facility will depend upon the site location, how best to provide coverage to the target area(s) and cost. It is common for telecommunication facilities to be between 15m and 25m tall with the antennas supported at this height by a monopole or lattice structure.
- Vodafone does not necessarily require a location on a hill. In fact this type of site will be unappealing if mains power is too far away and/or there is no existing 4WD access.
- The land owner needs to be agreeable in principal to a telecommunications facility being located on their land under a 20 year lease with no rental payable by Vodafone.
- The coverage and capacity provided from a facility depends upon a number of factors including its distance from the target area, the height of the facility and obstructions (eg. terrain, trees).
- In some cases a single telecommunications facility will not be able to address all of the community's coverage concerns and it is important the community agrees which area(s) are the priority.
When and how does Vodafone make these decisions?
Applications will be accepted from all communities between 15 November and 23 December 2012.
All applications will be assessed by Vodafone's Network Review Board with final decisions based on the communities ability to meet all the criteria and Vodafone's technical feasibility studies.
Successful applicants will be notified by 31 March 2013. Vodafone's decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
Submitting your application
Please submit your full application pack before 23 December 2012 ensuring you have responded to each one of the individual criteria (see criteria list). Each application will be scored, so it's important to address every point.
Hard copies should be sent to:
Community Relations Manager
Private Bag 92161
Or e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any additional queries you can contact us by email to email@example.com or by phone on 0800 101 710.