Fibre Broadband Provider, MyRepublic, has welcomed the announcement that gig technology will be available to consumers in Whangarei, Hamilton, Christchurch and seven regional centres from October this year.
MyRepublic MD, Vaughan Baker, says the announcement is a direct result of the company working with infrastructure providers to introduce Gigabit Ultra Fast Broadband (UFB) technology more widely throughout New Zealand. The hope is that it would increase business productivity and boost the economy. These efforts have improved both in Singapore, according to Baker.
The combined operations in Singapore and New Zealand mean that MyRepublic has the most consumer gig customers in Asia Pacific. Baker wants to leverage MyRepublic’s experience by rolling out gig technology in New Zealand.
“We want local businesses and consumers to be able to access UFB and particularly gig services to ensure more Kiwis can take advantage of the digital economy. We’re a creative nation and access to world leading UFB will allow more people to join the revolution – which ultimately will mean more jobs and economic growth. And we haven’t even touched on the entertainment benefits for people gaming and streaming,” says Bakers.
Feenix Communications has been appointed as an additional provider to support MyRepublic’s rollout to consumers and to deliver a purpose-built network to support the gig over the UFB network. Feenix CEO, David Heald says “The company is utilising the latest networking technology from Nokia to provide the core backhaul network fabric required to support the gig experience.”
Ray Owen, Managing Director of Oceania, Nokia says “Nokia is a strong believer in the ability of ultra-broadband to enable innovation and support future growth in the New Zealand economy. MyRepublic and Feenix Communications are at the forefront of the market, delivering gigabit services for more New Zealanders, and we’re delighted to support their work.”
Additionally new customers who sign up to MyRepublic’s 200Mbps service in those centres ahead of October will be upgraded at no charge as soon as it is live.
Baker says MyRepublic aims to have as many Kiwis as possible on a gig connection and therefore it will automatically upgrade its 200Mbps customers in Whangarei, Hamilton, Christchurch to a 1000Mbps gig plan for no additional cost as soon the gig is made available in October.
“UFB technology is a nationally owned resource and MyRepublic wants it shared with as many businesses and individuals as possible to ensure everyone in New Zealand benefits from this fantastic national infrastructure,” Baker says.
Starting Saturday 1 October a 1G/500Mbps service will be available for selected consumers.