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#272538 30-Jun-2020 13:47
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Just received:

 

 

Following the success of unlimited rural wireless broadband overnight, triggered by increased internet requirements with Covid-19 lockdown, Farmside will soon begin offering customers access to unlimited data between midnight to midday daily as part of a new bundle.

 

From Thursday, rural broadband provider Farmside, as Vodafone NZ’s specialist rural broadband arm, will begin offering customers unlimited data for an additional $29 per month, which will kick-in when the current free offer ends at midnight on 27 July.

 

Jason Sharp, General Manager of Farmside, says: “Our rural customers have been telling us that having access to unlimited data during a period of the day has been incredibly useful for them, and we saw data use between midnight and 9am increase by 40% during lockdown. We will be extending this free data period until 27 July for customers to take advantage of. 

 

“From 28 July, Vodafone and Farmside customers, plus new customers to Farmside, will have the option to access unlimited data for extended hours, from midnight to midday, as part of a bundle which we expect will be really well received.

 

“While we’d love to continue offering unlimited data for free during off-peak hours to all customers, the reality is we also need to ensure our ongoing business network sustainability, so need to start charging customers for additional data if they’re keen to access more.

 

“Urban folk have the ability to access uncapped internet packages due to the difference in broadband infrastructure. As we’re working incredibly hard to close the rural-urban divide, it was important for us that we also offer our customers the ability to be able to download files to their hearts content for an extended window of time each day.

 

“Because the rural wireless broadband network has a finite capacity, and to ensure our customers have a great experience at all times, we are confident offering unlimited data at certain hours is the best approach for all our customers.”  

 

Vodafone NZ customers will need to contact Farmside to find out more about how to buy the unlimited bundle, which will also mean they transfer to being a Farmside customer and benefit from dedicated rural service and approach from this Timaru-based specialist provider.

 

Rural wireless broadband services are delivered via mobile towers in the country, which use long-range radio frequency to connect a number of houses in an area. For more information on the infrastructure, here is an explainer about the difference between rural and urban wireless broadband, and fixed broadband connections.

 





 

 

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  #2515134 30-Jun-2020 15:04
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Nice ... no mention of speed?




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  #2515157 30-Jun-2020 15:33
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Meanshile there is a story in the Herald, (Sorry paywalled) that Spark are lifting their Rural data caps for no extra charge,

 

For the first time in Spark's history, we made the unprecedented decision to lift data caps nationwide for 100 days. This was to support our customers who were having to work, learn and connect from home," Spark product director Tessa Tierney says.

 

"This challenge showed us that overall our network coped incredibly well – especially considering usage close to doubled.

 

"This has given us the confidence to increase our data caps in rural areas, where customers don't have access to the same amount of capacity as their urban counterparts."

 

Rural customers on the 120 gigabyte fixed-wireless broadband plan will automatically increase to 160GB and those on the 240GB plan will increase to 300GB – without needing to pay anything extra – from July 1, 2020, Tierney says

 

 

 

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12344180


 
 
 
 


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  #2515178 30-Jun-2020 16:48
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From there website is up to 16mpbs fast enough? And its a 2 year contract as well :(

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  #2515179 30-Jun-2020 16:52
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cokeman2: From there website is up to 16mpbs fast enough? And its a 2 year contract as well :(

Satellite Broadband
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up to 16Mbps download

up to 2Mbps upload

 

That sounds like farmside Satellite, i get the feeling this is in regards to Rural LTE FWA? 





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  #2515180 30-Jun-2020 16:56
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Yes ... 2 year contract is too long with 5g around the corner...could eventually see sum good rural plans coming mind you probably take 2 years +

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  #2515182 30-Jun-2020 17:07
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cokeman2: Yes ... 2 year contract is too long with 5g around the corner...could eventually see sum good rural plans coming mind you probably take 2 years +

https://www.farmside.co.nz/satellite

 

Yep, Farmside also do Rural FWA LTE (VF Network)

 

 

 

This isn't about their satellite plans.





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  #2515189 30-Jun-2020 17:27
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hio77:

cokeman2: Yes ... 2 year contract is too long with 5g around the corner...could eventually see sum good rural plans coming mind you probably take 2 years +

https://www.farmside.co.nz/satellite


Yep, Farmside also do Rural FWA LTE (VF Network)


 


This isn't about their satellite plans.



Hmm i was trying to find a link about the OP but that's only one I could find ?
Anyone found the link ?




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  #2515202 30-Jun-2020 18:33
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Also worth checking the other RBI wholesale providers, we've launched our new plans:

https://fullflavour.nz/rural-broadband/rural-4g

To save you jumping on our website, our existing plans have had 100GB of morning off-peak data added, with the option to upgrade to unlimited data mornings.

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  #2515204 30-Jun-2020 18:35
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cokeman2: From there website is up to 16mpbs fast enough? And its a 2 year contract as well :(

Satellite Broadband
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Fair use policy applies

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up to 16Mbps download

up to 2Mbps upload

 

Why is a two year contract a problem? There are significant costs in setting up satellite broadband and it's reasonable for these to be recovered.


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  #2515212 30-Jun-2020 18:45
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cokeman2: From there website is up to 16mpbs fast enough? And its a 2 year contract as well :(

Satellite Broadband
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Fair use policy applies

$199.00/month


up to 16Mbps download

up to 2Mbps upload


Why is a two year contract a problem? There are significant costs in setting up satellite broadband and it's reasonable for these to be recovered.



I see there costs just if sumthing better and faster might come out ,2 years is a long time 16Mbps is only ok . For streaming ive got 4 hungry data eaters at my place school leavers etc and us makes it 6 people on the net at one time lol




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  #2515214 30-Jun-2020 18:48
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cokeman2:
Handle9:

 

Why is a two year contract a problem? There are significant costs in setting up satellite broadband and it's reasonable for these to be recovered.

 



I see there costs just if sumthing better and faster might come out ,2 years is a long time 16Mbps is only ok . For streaming ive got 4 hungry data eaters at my place school leavers etc and us makes it 6 people on the net at one time lol

 

Then you pay the break fee and everyone is happy. No one is holding a gun to your head to take the service.

 

It's satellite for areas where you can't get normal fixed line or RBI service, not a mass market offering. You can not expect to live in the back of beyond and get the same service and pricing as in an urban area. It's part of the choice to live there.


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  #2515261 30-Jun-2020 19:04
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Be interesting how well the network copes with this

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  #2515271 30-Jun-2020 19:48
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cokeman2:
I see there costs just if sumthing better and faster might come out ,2 years is a long time 16Mbps is only ok . For streaming ive got 4 hungry data eaters at my place school leavers etc and us makes it 6 people on the net at one time lol

You obviously don’t think about how you are lucky to be able to get internet that is 1) partially subsidised by the government, 2) way faster and cheaper then satellite, 3)basically world class. The satellite users in NZ are mostly in the wop wops, no fibre, no xdsl, no rbi - some with no phone lines even, they are thankful for any speed they get since they had nothing to begin with.

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  #2515325 30-Jun-2020 20:47
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nztim: Be interesting how well the network copes with this

 

Well it already coped with an extra 40% so presumably an extra 40% + extra money coming in it will cope quite well.


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