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Topic # 185700 2-Dec-2015 11:47
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http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/589888/spark-signs-up-2-000-rural-customers-broadband-becomes-nz-game-changer/

Spark New Zealand has signed up over 2,000 rural customers through its 4G mobile network, three months since launching Rural Wireless Broadband across the country.

 

Following trials of the service in the Waikato earlier this year, Spark officially launched Rural Wireless Broadband in July, billed as a ‘plug and play’ solution using the 4G network.

 

“The response to the service has been better than expected,” says David Redmore, Head of Mobility Products, Spark.

 

“Rural Wireless Broadband has opened up a whole new way of doing things for many of our rural customers.

 

“In the past it could take customers’ up to 30 minutes to download a bunch of emails, now the same customers are doing things like streaming online TV episodes in HD, and surfing YouTube to find out how they can make the most out of their farming software.”

 

Redmore says since its launch Spark has more than doubled the number of customers who can access Rural Wireless Broadband.

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  Reply # 1440424 4-Dec-2015 12:11
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i thought i be the one to say it , wander how long it take to go  threw 80gb of data on 4G . just not enough data :(




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  Reply # 1440531 4-Dec-2015 14:05
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being rural, its a tradeoff between speed and data. want fast internet? you have to sacrifice data, want lots of data? you need to sacrifice the speed.

when you are rural you are generally a lot more careful with what you use the internet to do.

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  Reply # 1440570 4-Dec-2015 14:51
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Thats a quarter (ish) of the Vodafone numbers in what 3 months?

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  Reply # 1440919 5-Dec-2015 11:06
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cokeman2: i thought i be the one to say it , wander how long it take to go  threw 80gb of data on 4G . just not enough data :(

when i got upgraded from 3G to 4G RBI on vodafone i sucked up 20 GB in 2 days without realizing  that was happening

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  Reply # 1440921 5-Dec-2015 11:14
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does spark have any south island 4G customers.
our tower has just been upgraded to 4G lte.
whats the story with not giving  4G RBI to people who may need external antennas.
thats most people in our a rural area.
if you got spark to post  the modem to someone close by in the coverage zone who did not need an antenna and installed it your self.
would spark know, would they care as long as you paid the bill and have no adsl in your area.

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  Reply # 1441213 6-Dec-2015 01:04
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kaihoka: does spark have any south island 4G customers.
our tower has just been upgraded to 4G lte.
whats the story with not giving  4G RBI to people who may need external antennas.
thats most people in our a rural area.
if you got spark to post  the modem to someone close by in the coverage zone who did not need an antenna and installed it your self.
would spark know, would they care as long as you paid the bill and have no adsl in your area.


I'd say that once you've got it installed, if you hook up an external aerial I don't think they would care as long as you don't expect support from them in very much the same way that once you go beyond their provided router/modem that you're pretty much on your own.

As for Spark's reasoning, I'd say it is very much inline with what sbiddle noted:

http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=39&topicid=173694&page_no=2#1320564

"Spark don't want an external antenna because it means requiring 3rd parties to do installs."




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  Reply # 1443152 8-Dec-2015 21:27
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I'm sure no one really cares too much but I have one of these units and it states in several places that external (outdoor) antennas are not permitted to be used due to potential lightning strikes.. 

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  Reply # 1443194 8-Dec-2015 22:51
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firefuze: I'm sure no one really cares too much but I have one of these units and it states in several places that external (outdoor) antennas are not permitted to be used due to potential lightning strikes.. 

thank you for that info
i have been led to believe that spark offers no follow up  support once they have sent you the modem.
so if you brought it and blew it up thats your problem.
i think it they just want to make it clear you are one your own and they take no responsibility for anything except delivering  data

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