Better mobile coverage on way for Kirwee

Selwyn news
Friday, September 16, 2016

Selwyn MP Amy Adams has announced that Kirwee will soon benefit from improved mobile coverage, thanks to a two-stage plan developed by Vodafone.

“I have written to both Vodafone and Spark, advising them that the current poor mobile coverage in the Kirwee area is unacceptable and needs addressing as soon as possible”, Ms Adams said.

“I am pleased to advise that Vodafone has come up with a two-stage plan to improve coverage in the Kirwee area,” Ms Adams said.

“Stage One of the plan will involve the installation of a temporary Cell on Wheels (COW) site near the local tavern, which Vodafone predicts will give good coverage for the township.

“Stage Two will involve the construction of a permanent cell tower in the township. At this stage, Vodafone’s preference is to construct a 15 metre hybrid cell tower on an existing street lamp in Kirwee township, but this will depend on gaining local community support and resource consent from the Selwyn District Council,” Ms Adams said.

Ms Adams indicated that she would be working closely with the relevant authorities, including the Council, the NZTA and Chorus, as well as the local community to ensure that the plan can be implemented as quickly as possible.

Ms Adams noted that Spark had also indicated that it planned to improve mobile coverage in Kirwee by installing an additional antenna on its existing tower in Aylesbury. Spark hopes to have this work completed prior to Christmas this year.