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Part of the Forgotten World Highway gets cellphone reception
The winding roads of eastern Taranaki have always been known for their isolation and lack of cell phone reception – until now.
A new cell tower installed three kilometres south of Pohokura, inland Taranaki, is now providing coverage along the Forgotten World Highway between Whangamomona and Te Wera.
The tower, which was installed by the Rural Connectivity Group and Spark, Vodafone, and 2degrees, will also provide wireless broadband to residents, including those along Taniwha Road and Junction Road.
It is expected there will now be cell phone reception for an 11 kilometre stretch of State Highway 43 – better known as the Forgotten World Highway. Spark’s network lead, Colin Brown, said it was pleased to have been a part of a solution for locals and visitors to the area.
In a statement from the Rural Connectivity Group, it said the organisation is also working on sites to provide broadband and mobile coverage further along SH43 including Te Wera and Douglas.