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More retail options for New Zealand consumers when looking for broadband

Posted on 29-Jun-2015 19:06 | Filed under: News

Retailer Noel Leeming is now giving customers the chance to purchase a broadband connection at the same time they are looking at new devices.

This is a “significant offer” for the retailer who has partnered with telecomunications provider Spark, and challenger My Republic with more to come, to extend broadband bundles to its consumers.

Noel Leeming has been successfully offering 2degrees mobile connections for some time and the broadband offering will work in the same way, allowing customers to get connected at the same time they purchase hardware.

“But hardware won’t just be mobile phones and computers”, said Noel Leeming’s CEO Tim Edwards and he expects broadband to be increasingly bundled with Smart TVs, home security systems, and other Wi-Fi enabled devices like WeMo which allows remote control of lighting, stereos, air conditioning and much more to come.

This is just the beginning added Edwards “A recent article cited that IoT (Internet of Things) was gaining momentum at such a pace that by 2020 spending was set to smash the trillion dollar mark. And, that devices, connectivity, and IT services will make up the majority of the IoT market in 2020 and together, they are estimated to account for over two-thirds of the worldwide IoT market in 2020, with devices (modules/sensors) alone representing 31.8 per cent of the total.”

“We can now offer a complete solution encompassing the three steps of an end-to end customer experience: firstly, the right device, secondly, the right connected solution - broadband or mobile and finally an extensive service team who can deliver, unbox, set up, connect and teach customers how to maximise their experience.”

MyRepublic Managing Director Vaughan Baker says the fibre specialist ISP is thrilled to be involved in Noel Leeming’s new approach "MyRepublic's service is optimised for streaming and is a perfect fit with Noel Leeming's great range of connected products and devices.”

“MyRepublic's ultimate goal is to connect Kiwi homes and businesses to UFB as soon as possible so it is fantastic to be partnering with forward-thinking retailers like Noel Leeming, who are already so committed to enhancing the customer experience."

GM for Spark Home, Mobile and Business Jason Paris said, “The coolest thing about the Internet of Things is it’s actually not only about “things”, or even about technology – it’s more about the people, and the amazing experiences a connected world will bring us. We’re seriously excited about the possibilities this opens up for our customers, so we jumped at the chance to partner with Noel Leeming and make it even easier for our customers to take advantage of these new digital experiences.”

Noel Leeming is New Zealand’s first electronics retailer to offer customers a solution to find the best internet provider and package to suit their needs right on the spot, Edwards says “Our role is to make it easy for our customers”.

Launching the following week is Noel Leeming’s exclusive ‘Compare and Save’ tool , a unique, tablet-based customer experience that combines the best of digital with expert advice in store filtering hundreds of combinations to make buying a connected device easier, saving them money.

“The face of technology in New Zealand has changed at such a rapid pace over the last few years with the average household now owning about 10 connected devices and we believe consuming around 10GB of broadband per device. An estimated 300,000 to 400,000 Kiwis will get broadband packages at home for the first time or will switch from their current broadband provider and many think it is difficult, but it doesn't have to be,” said Edwards.