Spark today launched its first 5G network in Christchurch city on the South Island of New Zealand, in collaboration with Samsung. This agreement will allow users in New Zealanders to enjoy the ultra-fast connectivity and low latency of 5G while also assisting enterprise customers in taking advantage of the innovative services.
“We’re pleased to collaborate with Samsung to launch 5G in central Christchurch, New Zealand to have access to 5G speeds at home with our wireless broadband or on-the-go with a compatible 5G phone,” said Rajesh Singh, General Manager of Value Management at Spark New Zealand. “Samsung’s 5G Massive MIMO radio enables major improvements in both throughput and efficiency for Spark.”
Samsung’s latest 5G RAN solutions, including the company’s Massive MIMO radio, are being deployed for the first time in New Zealand on Spark’s new 5G network. The Massive MIMO radio from Samsung is one of the lightest and smallest network radios on the market, with a slim design profile that saves room on tower tops. Samsung’s Massive MIMO radio improves capacity and effectively extends network coverage by utilizing advanced 3D beamforming technology.
“We are thrilled to work with Spark in building its 5G network. This project in Christchurch marks another milestone in Samsung’s 5G journey,” said MinSu Chu, Managing Director and Head of Samsung Electronics New Zealand. “We have built a strong following in New Zealand through our mobile devices, so we are pleased to be able to take the next step in advancing reliable, secure 5G network and offer an end-to-end solution.”