Spark NZ Deploys Third EPC Node to Cater for 4.5G and New Unlimited Mobile Data Plan

Spark NZ Deploys Third EPC Node to Cater for 4.5G and New Unlimited Mobile Data Plan Image Credit: Spark

Spark has announced the addition of a third mobile node or Evolve Packet Core (EPC), adding additional capacity and resiliency to its nationwide mobile network.

Spark previously had two mobile EPC nodes handling large volumes of traffic, based in Auckland and Christchurch.

The new third node, located in Porirua, gives the company additional resiliency and the flexibility to shift and re-route traffic around as required, particularly in the case of a natural disaster or emergency.

Spark mobile customers have already devoured 34 Petabytes of data - (that’s over 34 Million Gigabytes of data or 4,886,819 hours streaming Ultra High Definition video) in the first eight months of 2017 compared to 6.89 Petabytes consumed in the same period last year.

This incremental increase in capacity means the Spark network is geared up to meet future technology requirements including the roll-out of 4.5G and the expansion of its wireless broadband service.

Spark claims that it is the only New Zealand mobile provider to have deployed next generation 4.5G technology as a pathway to 5G. 

Spark has switched on 4.5G in some metro areas and it plans to have more towns to be activated with 4.5G within the next 12 months, alongside Spark’s ongoing 4G upgrade and deployment programme.

Colin Brown, GM at Spark
The installation of this third node is important because our customers expect an ‘always on’ service and so we need to ensure we have the capacity and resiliency to provide this. This demand for data means we need to evolve our network and our plans as we have done with the expansion of our 4.5G network and the introduction of our new unlimited mobile data plan.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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