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Expect 5G in NZ by 2020: Vodafone

Sathya Mithra Ashok | June 23, 2014
Speaking on the sidelines of the FutureNow conference in Auckland, CEO of Vodafone NZ shared thoughts on technology and plans for the Christchurch office building.

"I guess the parameters would be working on apps that work in our space, mobility and fibre. That would be the envelope. But then what type of things within that would really be a factor of what innovators are doing. I know the San Francisco and London hubs there host quite a lot of work done in security, which is a big area of interest around the world," he added.

Stanners also did not rule out the possibility of other xones in New Zealand, though pointing out that there are already well-established incubators in both Auckland and Wellington.

With around 350 staff in Christchurch, the city remains an important part of Vodafone's employee and service provision bases in NZ.

"We would look to hire in co-relation with the establishment of the new office. When you look at our business, we have a strong presence in Auckland and Wellington. You want to be in balance of where your customers are and where your employee markets are. Christchurch is a good tech employee market. We have 350 now and we are looking to grow that once we get the new building. The building has a total capacity of 900, and 600 is the commitment we have designed for in terms of from the starting of 2016 and a few years after," said Stanners.

FutureNow is an annual conference that Vodafone NZ conducts to highlight changes in the company and the way businesses can tap into new technologies. This year the show was conducted in Wellington and Christchurch, before touching down on Auckland.


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