Not everything is equal and what suits one person does not always suit another. There are two main things to consider when choosing what’s right for you:

  • The service type
    • Regional Wireless broadband
    • National Wireless broadband
    • Wired services such as ADSL/VDSL/Fibre

The first thing to look at is your location (where you live) as this will determine what services you can actually get. If you live in the city or a township that has wired services then this may be your best option but not in all cases. For example people who live on rear sections that request fibre connections often aren’t aware that they have to get written consent from all homeowners that share the driveway or access way before work begins as this may involve digging up driveways to put down fibre. We often find that neighbours are reluctant to allow this making it impossible for the installation to proceed. In these cases a wireless option may be the better option.

ADSL broadband has limitations on distance and the quality of the copper cable. ADSL works reasonably well if your cable distance is less than 5km from a roadside cabinet or exchange but as distant increases the speed dramatically reduces. You also need to take into account that the maximum upload speed is generally limited to only 1 Mbps.

VDSL broadband can provide much faster speeds on both download and upload but has greater distant limitations. You need to be within 1 Km of roadside cabinet or exchange to get the best performance. VDSL services are not available in all areas.

Regional Rural Wireless broadband is available in the Manawatu, Tararua and Horowhenua regions with most wireless broadband towers providing broadband speeds up to 100 Mbps. This service is by far the most effective way of bringing high-speed broadband to the rural areas and does not require cabling through the national wired network. There are of course limitations that can imped on the quality and speed of the wireless connection such as trees and terrain blocking the signal from the broadband tower to your home.

National Rural wireless broadband through the mobile networks give us the ability to cover the majority of New Zealand but does also have it limitation similar to that of Regional wireless broadband with regards to distance from the closest tower.

Data plans

This is a personal option and depends on what you plan to use the internet for. Our data plan sizes vary from as little as 50 GB per month to unlimited. Wireless plans give you the option to choose the amount of data you require whereas the wired services (ADSL/VDSL/Fibre) are set to unlimited. More information on data usage can be found using our data calculator.

All services can be found on our homepage https://ruralwireless.nz. If you are unsure on what service is right for home or business, please contact us and we can research all the options for you by providing you with the best choose for your location.

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