New spark for Kirwee

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Telecommunications company Spark has activated a new mobile cell site in Kirwee, delivering new 4G mobile coverage to the Selwyn rural town.

Kirwee, like many smaller towns in Selwyn, has experienced significant growth since the 2011 Christchurch earthquake and, according to the Selwyn District Council, its population is forecast to increase by 21% in the next five years.

Previously, Kirwee has had limited mobile phone coverage, a point of contention for many of its residents, including Kirwee Community representative and Scenic Hotel IT manager Chris Clayton who has been lobbying for improved telecommunications access. 

Mr Clayton said he has been living in Kirwee for about five years and that mobile coverage is vital for work and play. 

“This is about connectivity for the town, being able to make calls within the community, being connected and for those of us who have businesses in and around Kirwee, being easily contactable by our customers.

“The level of engagement from Spark has been fantastic and will make a huge difference to the community in Kirwee.”

Spark’s Head of South Island Paul Deavoll said the improved mobile network will allow locals and visitors to the popular residential area to stay constantly connected with family, friends, and colleagues and make it easier to do business.

“We’re always looking to improve mobile service across New Zealand and we’re excited that Kirwee is now able to access the benefits of 4G,” Mr Deavoll said.

“This will also enable local residents with poor broadband services to access Spark’s wireless broadband.

“This is particularly important since a proportion of the lifestyle blocks further away from the Kirwee township are not able to access VDSL and Fibre, meaning fast wireless broadband is now a viable option.”

Mr Deavoll said 4G technology allows customers to enjoy better access to Spark mobile coverage, making it even easier for people to share, upload, download and stream content such as YouTube videos, Spotify, and sport, faster and more reliably than ever before.

“Spark and Vodafone worked together to deliver this tower and is live with 3G and 4G.”