Category: Blog

What are my rural internet options?

UFB, VDSL & ADSL Ultra-fast Broadband, (UFB, aka fibre) is the fastest connection infrastructure available. However, it’s expensive for Crown Fibre Holdings to roll out across New Zealand, so it’s availability is restricted to densely populated areas. It's not yet an option for rural folk, ...

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Data usage – how to increase your plan

The summer break is almost a distant memory now, but we do remember the sheer amount of data that was used over the Christmas and New Year period. Just ask our Help Desk team who, over the two weeks, received a huge number of calls for help when customer data ran low. Given this, and because no one ...

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Increased data demands increased network investment

Did you know, since 2015, there has been a 500% increase in the average amount of data our customers use monthly? This is predominantly due to the increase in streaming services available and, as a result, has placed huge demand on our network infrastructure. As we move into the new decade, we ar...

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A booming year in rural broadband for the region’s largest WISP

With 2019 coming to an end, Lightwire has confirmed its status as Waikato and Bay of Plenty's largest WISP, after a booming year has seen the rural broadband company provide fast reliable broadband to more than 6,300 households throughout the regions. Since the start of the year, Lightwire has we...

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Lightwire, keeping you connected this Christmas

Deck the halls with boughs of data this Christmas and get set for the holiday season with Lightwire. Kiwis across the country are today, tomorrow and the next day – up until the jolly man comes– preparing to fa-la-la-la-lah into the holiday period. With the majority of New Zealand on holiday ...

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Speed of light’wire, keeping you connected

When it comes to many things in life – speed is of the essence. Just ask Eliud Kipchoge, the Kenyan runner who, earlier this month, ran a marathon in under 2 hours. Or the England Rugby Team, who scored a try in the opening two minutes of their semi-final match against the All Blacks (but we’re ...

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Rural broadband connectivity on the rise with latest RBI2 update

The Government’s latest Quarterly Connectivity Report shows an extra 38,662 rural households and businesses have improved rural broadband due to Crown Infrastructure Partner’s (COPI) Rural Broadband Initiative – Phase 2 (RBI2). As CIP’s Waikato and Bay of Plenty Partners, Lightwire has be...

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Rural internet, bridging the gap between city and farm

If you live outside an urban area, you already know Lightwire is changing broadband for the better in our rural communities. We’re bridging the gap between urban and rural broadband connectivity with more than 200 tower sites around the Waikato and Bay of Plenty. These sites help our rural communi...

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Stay connected these school holidays

It’s that time of year again – school holidays! The good news is we’re halfway through them. But, if you’re feeling the pressure to keep your kids entertained before they head back to the classroom, our winter school holiday survival guide should see you through the final few days. Extra da...

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Why you should choose VoIP with your rural broadband plan

Let’s face it, landline phones are a little out of vogue with city folk these days. But us rural folk still require a dedicated phone line for our home and businesses. For many of us it’s a lifeline and, in some instances, it can be a life saver!   That doesn’t mean we have to go wi...

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