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Vodafone NZ to Change Name in 2023, Team with Nokia on 5G and 6G

Vodafone New Zealand is to change to ‘One NZ’ in early 2023.

According to a statement on the telco’s website, “We didn’t want to change our name until we had laid the right foundations for our future, which we’ve spent the past three years doing.

“Over the last three years we have spent close to a billion dollars to ensure our Smart Network becomes smarter, being the first company to launch 5G mobile in New Zealand and investing in world-class network technology.

“We’ve been overhauling the way we sell and serve, bringing more of our call centres back to New Zealand, integrating Amazon Connect and other world leading technologies and forming teams of experts to solve customer problems quicker.

“To better serve our business customers, we have partnered with some of the best tech companies in the world, such as Palo Alto Networks, AWS, and Microsoft, and we have invested in best-in-class New Zealand security company Defend.”

Vodafone NZ has just signed an innovation-focused Memorandum of Understanding with Nokia to collaborate on the development of new applications and services enabled by the capabilities of Nokia’s advanced mobile network technology.

The collaborative agreement will focus on accelerating the opportunities of Vodafone’s 4G/5G network. The companies will also look to explore the capabilities of 5G-Advanced and 6G networks in the future.

Through joint resource investment in technology validation, demos and field trials, it will seek to further ignite innovation in advanced networks, developing commercial opportunities and future use cases in areas from network slicing and private networks to industrial automation, artificial intelligence, machine learning, Edge compute and 6G enabled future. The two companies say the collaboration will keep New Zealand at the forefront of global advances in network technology and enable it to play a key role in shaping how the next generation of technologies will be used to enhance peoples lives, the economy and the environment.

“Nokia has a proud 30 year history of bringing the world’s best mobile technology to New Zealand with Vodafone, most recently helping Vodafone deliver a world class 5G network. This collaboration will pave the way forward to 5G-Advanced and ultimately 6G,” says Tommi Uitto, President of Mobile Networks at Nokia. “New Zealand has a thriving and dynamic telecommunications environment, which provides a perfect backdrop to pioneer innovation – innovation that will enable incredible advances in connectivity, services and the associated digital transformation.”

“At Vodafone we’re helping customers unlock the magic of technology, and to do that, they need fast, reliable connectivity. We have invested extensively in our 4G and 5G networks with Nokia and the innovation collaboration announced today is an awesome next step”, said Tony Baird, Vodafone New Zealand’s Wholesale & Infrastructure Director. “A relentless focus on innovation – and bringing leading technology and expertise to Aotearoa – is how we help Kiwi businesses, industry and people realise the huge potential of advanced mobile networks in the short term, while putting us firmly on the path towards a 6G future in the longer term.”

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