Satellite broadband launch to boost rural coverage

23 Aug 2005

Rural internet users in New Zealand are set to receive ultra high speed broadband internet access services following the successful launch of Thai-based Shin Satellite’s Thaicom satellite. The orbiter will cover New Zealand with three ‘spot beams’ providing high speed access satellite-based communications services of up to 40Gbps. Shin Satellite is working in conjunction with two local ISPs, Bay City and Iconz of Auckland, to deliver the service to end users, with Bay City promising to improve the lot of more than 50,000 households, previously restricted to dial-up only access. New Zealand will also host one of the earth stations delivering the satellite service.

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