johny99: WOW just looked at the wireless link at the start of this topic, that seams pretty expensive. What is the plan moving forward, has the government stipulated the pricing of wired and wireless delivery of RBI/UFB be similar or do country folk lose out once again with high monthly rental and bugger all data caps.
As explained throughout this topic, it costs x amount to serve 1 sq km of land. Now in urban areas that cost is spread across 200 houses, whereas in rural communities, the cost is only spread over a couple of houses.
So yes, unfortunately, rural customers will always pay more.
While I, living rurally, essentially have three choices:
- Wait for Vodafone to upgrade the local tower to full RBI status (not within the next 12 months according to Vodafone), then pay quite a few hundreds of $ for equipment and installation (a simple job I could easily do myself), and then continue to pay over the odds for data which will come down the pipe at only 3-5Mbps.
- Use Telecom's XT network with similar speeds to RBI, but prohibitive data costs (a friend pays Telecom $30/month for only 750MB for this).
- Use Farmside satellite, with reasonable up-front cost but high ongoing data cost.
I work for one of the largest wireless networks in NZ and can supply 2-100Mbps connections to even the most remote locations. The government has also given us funding towards the RBI, and we are in the process of releasing very competitive pricing soon if you are within these areas. Our most recent RBI customer is getting 10Mbps up and down, even though they don't get mobile phone coverage.
There are also a lot of local WiFi providers like the one mentioned within this topic, that can provide a very reasonable service for a low cost (I think considering) per month -just Google it to find more. But it does depend on how remote you are.
Most WiFi providers across NZ have the following benefits over Mobile Broadband providers:
- Data cap far exceeds mobile broadband 20-100GB+ if any at all
- Higher sustained speeds, far better than DSL/Mobile connections
- Very low latency, End user to ISP gateway often less than 15ms. (Just tested our network from Wgtn to Akl over only our wireless backbone.)