Category: Rural Innovation

Happy customers as Lightwire exceeds RBI2 schedule

As demand grows for reliable broadband in the rural sector, we are happy to announce the recent completion of the Rural Broadband Initiative Phase Two (RBI2) second quarter schedule. With this, we are tracking ahead of requirements set by Crown Infrastructure Partners’ (CIP). The RBI2 schedule ...

24/06/2019
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Grandmother finds rural internet solution to improve her grandchildren’s access to education

Fran Awburn’s grandchildren needed online access to their correspondence school resources when they moved to Awburn’s property on Ellicotts Block last year. But, living rurally, that access was difficult. Limited connectivity to the property in Puahue meant Awburn had unreliable internet serv...

16/04/2019
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Lightwire announced as partner in New Zealand’s rural broadband milestone

Trans-Tasman telecommunications company Lightwire is proud to be a new partner of Crown Infrastructure Partners’ (CIP) Rural Broadband Initiative Phase Two (RBI2), providing significant additional rural broadband coverage across the Waikato and Bay of Plenty Regions. This phase of the Initiativ...

21/12/2018
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Lightwire’s smarter rural broadband infrastructure

Lightwire is building smarter broadband infrastructure for the Waikato and Bay of Plenty so rural folk can enjoy great internet speeds and reliability. This year, the Lightwire Rural Team has focused on creating a custom-built operating system, upgrading the network to Ubiquiti® AC hardware and ...

02/10/2018
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Lightwire’s Solar Extension Solution

The bright sparks at Lightwire have harnessed the power of the sun and are busy installing Solar Extension sites to keep rural communities connected where nothing else will. Here’s where our research and development team really comes into its own. A Lightwire Rural Broadband Solar Extension pro...

02/10/2018
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On-Farm vs Coverage Extensions… what’s the difference?

Rural broadband, we do a lot of great things with it here at Lightwire. By erecting broadband sites in remote areas of the Waikato and Bay of Plenty, we connect communities and enable businesses to operate effectively. One of the ways we do this is by on-farm extensions, coverage extensions and sola...

02/10/2018
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Innovating smarter rural broadband infrastructure

Lightwire is building smarter broadband infrastructure for the Waikato and Bay of Plenty so rural folk can enjoy great internet speeds and reliability. This year, the Lightwire Rural Team is focusing on innovating a custom-built operating system, upgrading the network to Ubiquiti® AC hardware an...

22/02/2018
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Lightwire innovation for extending connectivity to multiple properties

Connecting multiple properties by extending wireless rural broadband coverage is something Lightwire is well known for in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty regions. We've always risen to the challenge of connecting rural properties and farms in tricky locations. No two farms are the same and so rathe...

11/08/2017
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Site upgrades and new technologies improve internet speeds

We have been working hard on exciting new initiatives to continuously improve the performance of our rural network and provide internet connectivity that exceeds customer expectations. These initiatives fall into two main groups: (1) upgrading and/or optimising the performance of sites, and (2) d...

20/07/2017
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