We're rolling out the next generation of mobile technology.
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.
*5G is currently limited to specific areas in New Zealand
Faster network speeds mean you can download games, movies, and super large files faster than ever before. We're talking second... not minutes! Speed will vary depending on things like your distance from a cell tower and your device.
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
Yes, it is. 5G is simply the next generation of mobile technology, which has been used by New Zealanders since the introduction of the mobile phone in 1987. Claims that 5G is dangerous are not supported by mainstream scientists and to date, no adverse health effect has been causally linked with exposures to wireless technologies that comply with the New Zealand limits.
We have some great info here - 5G and Safety, or if you would like reliable information independent from Spark, the Ministry of Health and Chief Science Advisor have published some excellent resources:
5G works the same way garage door openers, TVs, baby monitors and every past generation of wireless have all worked — with radiofrequency (RF) waves.
5G is faster and carries more data than previous generations (4G, 3G, 2G, and so on). 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. 5G has the potential to reach download speeds up to 100 times faster than 4G.
No, 5G can only be used if your device is a 5G capable device and is currently only available in certain areas in New Zealand.
If you're looking to bring your mobile device to Skinny, here is some information for you that might find useful:
Band Support: In order to use 5G on Skinny, your mobile device will need to support the right network frequencies and be configured to allow Skinny 5G access.
For the best experience, mobile devices will need to support the frequency bands below.
3G: Band 5 | 3G 850MHz
4G Essential: Band 3 | LTE 2100MHz + Band 28 | LTE 700Mhz
4G Optional: Band 40 | 2300MHz + Band 7 | 2600MHz
5G: N78 (N78 can be anywhere from 3300Mhz to 3800Mhz – Spark N78 is in the 3600MHz range.
Our Initial 5G deployment is ‘NSA’ (non-stand-alone). What this means is that a device first needs to connect to 4G before it can connect to 5G. This means that at minimum, a device must support both Band 3 | LTE 2100MHz and N78 | 5G.