First households on Chatham Islands sign up for faster InternetCustomer News | 17.10.14
A significant milestone in the plan to deliver faster internet to more New Zealanders - even in the most remote parts of the country.
The first Chatham Islands households are being signed-up this week, as the project to provide the whole community with better, fair-priced, fixed (DSL) and wireless broadband takes a big step forward.
"Islanders have been waiting for their turn. We're pleased it has finally arrived," says TeamTalk Managing Director David Ware.
The Government is providing $2.48m of funding to improve telecommunications to the Islands as part of its Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI), signing a contract with TeamTalk and its wholly owned subsidiary, Farmside, in April.
Already, three of five service areas are live. The last two, Owenga Township and Pitt Island, are expected to be online in about a month.
Two of the three schools on the Islands, the hotel and the Council offices are all online using the new services and the first new user, Te One School (the largest on the Chathams), went live in early September.
"We've learned from our experience providing reliable telecommunications to other remote areas that this stuff has to be built tough, and it has to be durable. That's why we've been progressively adding some of the bigger users over the past month or so.
"The feedback we're getting is good, and it's pleasing to be able to start offering services to people in their private homes," Mr Ware says.
Contact: David Ware
Phone: 0800 101-900