Vodaphone is a global telecommunications company that operates in New Zealand. Founded in 1982 by Ernest Harrison & Gerry Whent, the company is headquatered in the United Kingdom. In July 1993, BellSouth New Zealand's network went live. In November 1998, Vodafone purchased BellSouth New Zealand, which later became Vodafone New Zealand. On 9 October 2006, Vodafone New Zealand bought New Zealand's 3rd largest internet service provider, iHug. In October 2013, Vodafone began its rollout of 4G to provincial New Zealand, with the launch of the system in holiday hotspots around Coromandel.