Networking at the Beach

We moved to New Zealand from Singapore at the end of 2017. I already knew Internet access in New Zealand was more expensive for less speed than I was used to in Singapore. What I didn’t know was that when our subdivision was built, our section was bypassed by the then Telecom New Zealand and we had no access to wired Internet. Fibre won’t be coming here for quite a while, and Chorus (who now look after wiring for Internet) quoted us more than $8000 to install copper wiring!!!!! Needless to say I declined.

For a year we have been surviving with a small 4G hotspot from Spark which costs $45 for 4GB of data. This was ok while we were traveling a lot, but not a good long term solution.

When we came back last November, we discovered Skinny Broadband. We signed up and have been using a 120GB plan since November, and we are really happy. It is quite fast (not as fast as fibre), comes with a fairly capable router that can be configured and extended, and best of all has no contract. For beach users who aren’t here all the time, this means you can stop the service when you are away and restart when you are back (in monthly increments). Skinny use Spark 4G but with compression to speed things up, and you can buy 60GB, 120GB, or 240GB. We are using 120GB which has worked well for us so far.

Contact me if you want some advice.

Published by Tony

CEO and owner of Tony Newling Consulting. Previous experience at Microsoft, IBM, and Australian Government Public Service.

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