Aug 9, 2022

2degrees is the newest mobile network provider in Aotearoa.

During the 1990s, 3G radio spectrum rights were being auctioned off by the New Zealand Government. Rangiaho Everton and a group of Māori campaigners saw the spectrum rights as taonga (sacred possessions for Māori) and thus won the right to start a mobile network. In 2001, Tex Edwards, a Kiwi with strong telco knowledge, invested in the company and acquired further investment from Strive Masiyiwa's Econet Wireless group and Hautaki (pan-Māori trust). In 2009, 2degrees officially launched. They entered the market with low prices that shook up the telecommunications industry.

2degrees have developed a strong network, spending over $1 billion on infrastructure and building more than 1900 cell sites. They have the widest coverage out of all the network providers, delivering 3G coverage to over 98% of the places Kiwis live- for both consumer and business customers. They have partnered with Ericsson to deliver 5G, with coverage currently available in limited areas across Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch. They also provide broadband services across the country.

2degrees’ team of over 1200 continues to work hard by their motto of Fighting for Fair for their more than 1 million customers. 

2degrees’ extensive network is used by 2degrees and one MVNO.

Mobile Phone Operators on the 2degrees network include:

  • 2degrees
  • Warehouse Mobile (MVNO)

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