Increasing use of agritech makes sector a target.
Government allocates access to spectrum band to boost network.
Wireless internet providers challenge Feds rural connectivity study.
Canterbury trials indicate there may be a way farms out of reach of fibre can still get up to speed.
The Ministry for Primary Industries’ (MPI’s) Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures fund is co-investing $149,500 to help WISPA…
The impact on rural connectivity of Vodafone and Spark’s planned cell tower sales will depend heavily upon the long and short-term goals of the investment companies that purchase them, and the depth of commitment to the sector.
Adopting technology in agriculture is not always easy as connectivity issues continue to be a problem.
The Government’s latest tranche of funds for rural broadband is giving some wireless operators the opportunity to make the leap into providing fibre for rural customers.
Sir John Key’s praise of the ultrafast broadband network he initiated has been tempered by wireless providers who caution other options exist for rural areas blighted by slow internet services.
When Sandy Corbett received a cancer diagnosis at the beginning of 2021, she and her husband decided to retire early, sell the house and travel New Zealand full-time in a caravan.
Campers like Geoff and Barb can get online with high speed and reliable internet connectivity no matter how remote their camping site is.
In the backcountry and wilderness environments that Oxford SAR teams operate in, effective and reliable communications are essential. The satellite equipment, services and expertise provided by Woi, and powered by Kacific, has provided Oxford SAR with the ability to effectively manage our SARTrack management systems and communications at the location of each search, regardless of where this happens to be.
If you live outside one of New Zealand’s major urban centres (and let’s face it, not a lot of farming takes place in town), you probably already know that satellite is the hot ticket when it comes to fast and reliable broadband.
Holidaymakers often talk of wanting to get away from it all, but they don’t always entirely mean it. Deprive them of connectivity, and a remote getaway from the city can quickly start to feel cut off and isolated. People will sleep in sleeping bags. They’ll share showers and cooking facilities. They will happily go without TV. But they don’t like to have no internet.
Would you still use a mobile phone you bought 15 years ago? Probably not. Apps don’t work on old phones because technology is constantly getting faster and more reliable – it’s the same for satellite technology. Satellites have come a long way since Sputnik. Technology has improved hugely, and this has led to much faster internet services via satellite, at a much more affordable price. Richard Broadbridge of WOI outlines some of the common questions he gets about satellite internet with some feedback from rural kiwis who have embraced a faster, more reliable internet service with Woi.
Why would a kiwifruit grower need good connectivity to thrive? It is hard to imagine how growing a hairy berry, born from woody vine, might require strong and steady bandwidth, but a short conversation with AgroTrust Limited operations manager Carlos Ramirez quickly reveals that fast and reliable internet is essential for gathering information, monitoring conditions and communicating promptly with customers and suppliers – in other words, making sure the operations of his kiwifruit orchard run smoothly.
As demand for Over the Top (OTT) services accelerated in recent years, so has the need for fast,…
A fast, reliable satellite service from Woi could mean the difference between life and death When you’re involved in search and rescue operations, working with a reliable communications provider could save someone’s life.
Woi’s fast and reliable satellite internet impresses both the owners and the guests as Sunset Waterfront Lodge. Leigh and Lynley Johns own and operate Sunset Waterfront Lodge on Great Barrier Island, 100km off the coast of Auckland. You can get there by ferry or plane.
If you were to ask Michael Gaunt about fibre, internet speed and connectivity, he would be able to give you the best advice. After all, this former Telecom manager worked on both the Ultra Fast Broadband (fibre) and Rural Broadband projects with Telecom and Vodafone. He is now part of that rural community, to focus on a better quality of life.