Wireless Broadband

200+ Wireless Broadband radio towers across the Waikato and Bay of Plenty spanning from the Bombay Hills to Te Kuiti to Whakatane beaming fast internet down to rural properties.

99.99%

Average Tower Uptime

(last 30 days – all towers)

Closing the connectivity gap.

An avid computer enthusiast, Murray Pearson (PhD), wanted faster internet at his home in rural Waikato, but was frustrated to find that no options were available. He teamed up with the University of Waikato to find a way to close the connectivity gap between rural and city internet, Lightwire was born.

 

15 years later, Lightwire has gone from a research project to New Zealand’s largest independent wireless internet service provider, and our mission to close the connectivity gap has never faulted. 

How Lightwire's fixed Wireless broadband works

A Lightwire technician installs a dish on the roof of your house that’s capable of receiving signals from a Lightwire high site that has clear line of sight (LoS) to a Lightwire tower on a nearby hill. These towers are also commonly referred to as a high site. The tower beams radio signals to your dish over which data is carried. 

How Lightwire fixed wireless broadband works

How Lightwire's fixed wireless broadband works

A Lightwire technician installs a dish on the roof of your house that’s capable of receiving signals from a Lightwire tower site on a nearby hill. With a clear Line of Sight (LoS) between the site and your dish, the tower beams radio signals over which data is carried.

Speed, reliability, and service are our ingredients for very happy customers.

What Lightwire Rural Wireless is not

Lightwire is not 4G or 5G broadband

Cellular

We do not use 4G or 5G cellular networks to provide internet at your property.

Lightwire is not fibre internet

Fibre

Providing fibre to rural communities is typically too costly and impractical.

Lightwire does not offer satellite internet

Satellite

We’re fixed wireless broadband experts, not rocket scientists.

50.15 Mbps

Average Download Speed

(last 30 days – measured at time of install)

Fixed Wireless Broadband

Because, Life is too short for slow internet.

Careful capacity management, the latest wireless & network technology, and the best engineers to operate the network ensures that living rural doesn’t hold back your internet speed. 

Investing in here

At Lightwire we live and work across the Waikato and Bay of Plenty. We’re in this together.

 

That’s why we heavily invest in our network so we can all enjoy rural living at city internet speeds.

 

Because rural living shouldn’t be about compromises.

$15 Million

In network investments over the last 5 years

48 Sites Upgraded

In 2020

10 New Sites

Built in 2020

Where you can get high-speed wireless broadband

Availability depending on range and line of sight to a Lightwire tower as well as tower capacity.

Lightwire Wireless Broadband is available here
Lightwire Wireless Broadband is available here

Lightwire is widely available across the Waikato and Bay of Plenty. Click the link below to check if we can provide fast and reliable wireless broadband to your rural property.

Not in coverage? Become a community champion

Not in coverage?

If you have a great community champion that can get 10 or more customers to commit to one of our wireless broadband plans, we will deploy a tower free of charge

a network for more
than just broadband

With over 200 high sites across the Waikato and Bay of Plenty, Lightwire is uniquely positioned to help other businesses unlock their connectivity potential. 

 

Projects include Hamilton City Council’s smart traffic network, Trilogy’s digital mobile radio, and Waikato Regional Council’s IoT Initiatives. 

Video describing how Trilogy delivers mission-critical communications with the help of Lightwire’s carrier grade network.