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Voyager responds to rising bandwidth usage with 100 Gbit upgrade

Voyager Internet, the New Zealand ISP, has announced the completion of its 100 Gigabit upgrade of its core data network.

According to the company, Voyager carried out the upgrade in response to rising bandwidth usage across the country.

The investment in hardware upgrades, and the increased capacity as a result of this, ensures Voyager broadband customers will continue to have access to the same speeds and service even during peak times and as nationwide bandwidth usage rises, the company says.

This will also allow Voyager to provide more 10Gbit services to customers with demanding requirements, such as carriers and wholesalers, without risk of network overloading, Voyager says.

Eight new 100 Gigabit-capable routers and an equal number of switches were procured from Juniper Networks, the global provider of networking equipment, at a cost of more than NZ$600,000.

Voyager CTO Jovica Mrkela says, “Our network upgrade represents a significant investment in our technical capacity and capability that will be hugely beneficial to our current and future customers.”

Voyager’s network upgrade is specifically suitable for businesses who rely on cloud-based platforms and other internet services, such as VoIP, that require reliable, high-speed connections, the company says.

"This upgrade is a clear signal of our commitment to being a digital transformation partner for businesses across New Zealand, a serious wholesaler of services, and a reliable and trustworthy service provider for our residential customers," says Mrkela.

The upgrade is the result of investment in design and planning, extensive hardware procurement and testing, and final installation of equipment in three Voyager sites in Auckland, and one in Sydney.

Timing on completion of the upgrade coincides with the streaming of this year's Rugby World Cup, with the tournament kicking off this weekend.

Voyager is a broadband and communication specialist company focused on catering to small businesses. The company’s ultra-fast broadband, voice, domain name, and hosting services are offered alongside technology expertise.