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Topic # 9316 7-Sep-2006 17:58
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As per press release sent out today:

Rural New Zealand is set to benefit from the launch of a new satellite broadband service from Orcon Internet.

“The new satellite service compliments our existing fixed-line services offered by Orcon and is a major bonus for rural customers as it greatly increases Orcon’s broadband coverage. With plans starting at just $59 per month this is an affordable technology to deliver broadband to rural New Zealand” says Scott Bartlett, Orcon’s General Manager of Operations and Regulatory affairs.

The services initial specification delivers download speeds of 1Mbps (Megabits per second), and upload speeds of 256Kbps (Kilobits per second). This is substantially faster than the dial up connections that many homes and businesses outside of metropolitan areas are currently stuck with.

“Rural New Zealand should not be left behind in the race for faster, cheaper broadband. We want to ensure that all New Zealanders have access to a broadband product that allows them to take advantage of the great opportunities internet technologies provide” continued Bartlett.

Orcon will also be marketing its Satellite broadband product as a back-up service for business customers in the main centres.

“While we are really excited about being able to offer fast, reliable broadband to the rural community, business customers in the main centres can use our Satellite service as a great back-up internet connection.” Concluded Bartlett.

The new service utilises the IPSTAR-1 satellite, the largest commercial satellite in the world, which was launched earlier this year by Thai Telecommunications provider Shin Satellite. This satellite is dedicated to providing broadband services in the Asia-Pacific region. The satellite earth station is located in Auckland and connected directly to the the Orcon network. This delivers speed and reliability that was previously unattainable.

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  Reply # 45634 7-Sep-2006 19:54
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Awesome, good spotting.

I think its a necesary step, as in the recent cabinet speech and crossing Questiins, TG did admit that dwindling ADSL supply to rural areas would more than likely diminish. Everyone knew it was on the cards though, but still... good on Orcon for finding a comparitable option for rural users.

How does this compare to the prices of Telecom Wireless.... monthly charges, not the setup?


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  Reply # 45838 11-Sep-2006 18:34
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Telecom Wireless? You mean BCL extend?

Wholesale its cheaper.

Note this on the ICONZ site however:

The ICONZ satellite service is not capable of:  


UDP port forwarding

Certain advanced protocols may have issues with the TCP acceleration technology used with the service

Any layer 2 protocols

If you have a look on IPStars website you will see all the existing NZ providers.


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  Reply # 46075 13-Sep-2006 22:16
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Here is another ISP offering service off Ipstar

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  Reply # 46079 13-Sep-2006 22:58
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mikeox69: Here is another ISP offering service off Ipstar

they dont have any plans and pricing for it yet.

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  Reply # 46116 14-Sep-2006 10:29
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Or you could just look at the ip star nz page for a full listing of resellers.

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Reply # 46118 14-Sep-2006 10:42
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I wonder how many people have a spare $2500 or more sitting around for the initial set-up for Orcon.

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  Reply # 46119 14-Sep-2006 10:48
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Plenty of rich lonely farmers wanting teh intarweb ;)

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