Recently there has been much discussion as to whether investment in broadband should be targeted (super high speed for a select few) or across the board (mediocre speeds for all). To add to the debate we now have some significant price drops for satellite broadband here in New Zealand.

Managing director of Bay City Communications (and my neighbour!) Tony Baird, announced this week new pricing for their satellite service,

  • 49.95/month for 256Kbit/s down, 128Kbit/s up, 500MB data cap
  • 89.95/month for 512Kbit/s down, 128Kbit/s up, 1GB cap
  • 109.95/month for 1Mbit/s down, 256Kbit/s up, 2GB cap

Sure pricing is more than for those of us with good copper (or heaven forbid fibre!) incoming lines – but for those in the backblocks it’s a pretty compelling offering. Bay Cty also claims to cover all of New Zealand via the IPSTAR satellite.

Big new however are the start up costs – formerely customers had to pay $1900 for the hardware and connection, this has been slashed to a $149 flat rate. Apparently a digital phone service is due to roll out next month – create a point to point satellite communications offering.

Ben Kepes

Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.


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