We're rolling out the next generation of mobile technology
*5G is currently limited to specific areas in New Zealand
We're starting our 5G mobile rollout
We’re powered by Spark’s network, which means 5G Mobile will be coming to towns across New Zealand over the next little while! We’re starting off small, and testing the waters, before we take the network nationwide.
Faster network speeds mean you can download games, movies, and super large files faster than ever before. We’re talking seconds… not minutes! Speed will vary depending on things like your distance from a cell tower and your device.
Capacity is a big one for 5G, which means we can connect more devices to the network at the same time, whilst maintaining speed and quality.
What is 5G?
5G is the fifth generation of wireless technology, and we’re starting to roll it out across New Zealand. 5G has the potential to bring super-fast downloads, minimal latency, massive connectivity and outstanding reliability, which will open up huge possibilities for the way we live.
We’ve started our rollout of the 5G Mobile network. Keep an eye out as we activate new places over the coming months, we’ll be updating our Coverage Map as we go.
To discover 5G Mobile, you'll need:
We’re powered by Spark’s network! Which means we now offer in some very select areas, 5G! The 5G network coverage will expand as Spark rolls 5G out nationwide.
5G is the fifth generation of our existing mobile connectivity. That's the connectivity that provides data, internet and voice services to our mobile phones when we're out and about, as well as wireless broadband (WBB) services.
5G is faster and carries more data than previous generations (4G, 3G, 2G). It has the potential to bring super-fast downloads, minimal latency, massive connectivity and outstanding reliability! It will open up huge possibilities for business and the way we live, but the underlying technology is the same.
You don’t need to worry about the effect of 5G on your health! We use Spark’s wireless network, which is fully compliant with both international and national limits. It’s also based on decades of scientific research that can also be applied to 5G. The Ministry of Health says "there is nothing unique to 5G that would make it interact differently with the body than other radio frequency fields (radio signals)." For more info, visit the Ministry of Health website:
Mobile technology is continuously evolving overtime, as we’ve seen with previous generations like 3G and 4G. The rollout of 5G around New Zealand will take time and will require the use of particular phones and modems, so the 4G and 3G networks will be with us for quite some years yet.
You’ll need to have a Skinny (or Spark) purchased, 5G compatible device to access the 5G Mobile network. And given that 5G is fairly new to the world, there’s only a limited number of devices that are enabled to work on the network at this time. However, as newer devices are brought to the market, we expect to see the availability of devices that connect to 5G increase hugely. Skinny currently offer the following 5G devices:
As we continue to bring 5G to New Zealand at a steady rate, you’ll only be able to access the 5G network in areas that are live with the new mobile coverage. Stay up to date on these areas throughout the rollout via the Coverage Map.
Skinny will automatically activate 5G for any users with a Skinny or Spark purchased 5G capable device, when a customer is in 5G coverage. You will need to make sure you have downloaded the latest available software for your device, and some devices may be require you to turn on 5G on the device.