Caroline Walker, who runs the non-profit Cavy Creek Guinea Pig Refuge on the North Shore in Auckland, was previously unable to get broadband to her property. Now she has installed satellite phone and broadband services from satellite telecoms retailer Wireless Nation.
In addition, Walker has installed Eftpos service via satellite.
"Because I am in Northcote, I wasn't able to get wireless internet and I didn't want the expense of having a landline installed and the monthly costs. Satellite is doing everything I need and working well for me, which is great," she says.
Walker runs a website promoting the refuge and also sells guinea pig related products to help raise funds to look after the 50 plus animals she is housing at any one time. She is using the Eftpos service to take payments from people adopting the animals and buying products from her.
Wireless Nation is now offering New Zealand customers satellite phone services — without broadband — and Eftpos delivered via satellite.
The company purchases satellite access from BayCity Communications, the National Service Operator for the IPSTAR satellite.
New Zealand has only scratched the surface of what can be delivered through IPSTAR, says Wireless Nation's chief technical officer, Tom Linn.
"In some cases, if people don't already have a landline, the cost of having Telecom install their landline is actually higher than the cost of us installing a satellite antenna on their property, and our monthly line charge of $20 is cheaper than the Telecom service," says Linn.
Should the customer then wish to also have access to broadband, this can be supplied immediately via satellite, as the dish has already been installed, he adds.