Broadband fast Internet in Northland will be more accessible than ever as Telecom’s broadband rollout accelerates this year.
Telecom has reached agreement with Venture Northland Charitable Trust (VNCT), as part of Project PROBE, to extend broadband coverage in the Northland region.
Using a combination of wired and wireless broadband technology Telecom will extend coverage from 50% to 94% of schools by the end of March 2005 (see attached list), Telecom Area Sales Manager Cameron Bell said.
This will increase Telecom’s overall broadband coverage in Northland from 77% to 94% percent of lines.
Working with Communities
Telecom is also developing a programme with the regional broadband committees.
The committees and Telecom are developing charters which will focus on economic, social and community development needs. This could include extending broadband into "gap" areas, fibre extension and community pilots of broadband applications for small businesses.
Telecom is also able to reduce the price of Xtra Wireless 1000 and 2000 plans for customers in Telecom PROBE regions.
“Project PROBE in supporting the cost of extending broadband infrastructure to remote communities, is also ensuring people living in those communities pay a similar price for these services as those in urban centres,” Cameron Bell said.
The monthly plan charges for the Xtra Wireless plans will be reduced by $50 and the cost of installation and equipment will be halved from $1,475 to $731.25 (including GST)
Monthly plan charges for Xtra Wireless 1000 and 2000, including GST, will cost $59.95 and $69.95 (incl GST) a month respectively, compared to the standard price of $109.95 and $119.95 a month. Megabytes used in excess of the plan allowances of 1000 and 2000 MBs will cost 20 cents a MB.
The Government grant will enable Telecom to provide reduced prices to these Xtra Wireless customers for up to three years or until customer numbers reach a cap agreed for each region.
Xtra Wireless is provided via Broadcast Communications Limited’s (BCL) wireless network while JetStream is provided over Telecom’s existing network.
Network upgrades will reach the following Northland schools by the end of March 2005. If a school is not on this list then it should be assumed that it already has coverage.
Ahipara School Herekino School Kaingaroa School (Kaitaia) Karetu School Kohukohu School Maromaku School Matauri Bay School Moerewa School Motatau School Ngataki School Ohaeawai School Omanaia School Opononi Area School Orauta School Oromahoe School Oruaiti School Otiria School Pakaraka School Pamapuria School Paparore School Peria School Pukenui School (Kaitaia) Pukepoto School Springbank School Tautoro School Te Hapua School Te Kao School Te Kura Kaupapa Maori O Taumarere Te Kura O Awarua Te Kura O Hata Maria (Pawarenga) Te Kura O Hato Hohepa Te Kamura Te Kura O Matawaia Te Tii School Totara North School Towai School Umawera School Waiharara School Waikare School Waima School Waimate North Christian School Glenbervie School Hukerenui School Years 1-8 Kaurihohore School Kokopu School Mangakahia Area School Maungakaramea School Maungatapere School One Tree Point School Otaika School Pakotai School Poroti School Portland School Purua School Ruakaka School Tauraroa Area School Te Horo School (Whangarei) Te Kura Kaupapa Maori O Te Rawhiti Roa Tikipunga High School Tikipunga Primary School Waiotira School Whangarei Adventist Christian School Arapohue School Kaihu Valley School Matakohe School Pouto School Taipuha School Tangiteroria School Tangowahine School Te Kopuru School