Telecom readies satellite service

Telecom was planning to launch its satellite-based broadband service for remote parts of New Zealand at the Mystery Creek Fielddays next month, but now says it can't confirm anything till it signs a deal with Asian satellite operator Shin Satellite.

Telecom was planning to launch its satellite-based broadband service for remote parts of New Zealand at the Mystery Creek Fielddays next month, but now says it can’t confirm anything till it signs a deal with Asian satellite operator Shin Satellite.

Iconz will partner in the service; general manager Sean Weekes says the technology has a niche target market. It will be more expensive than more commonly used broadband services such as JetStream.

A 1Mbit/s download link will cost about $2000 a month, with the 1.2m-diameter satellite dish receiving the service costing $900 to $1000.

Sources close to Telecom say, however, that the telco is planning to introduce a lower cost 256kbit/s link that will be priced similarly to a landline service offering the same speed.

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