Ultra opens up in Wellington, Christchurch

Ihug has officially launched the terrestrial version of its high-speed Ultra service in Wellington and Christchurch.

Ihug has officially launched the terrestrial version of its high-speed Ultra service in Wellington and Christchurch.

Until now, customers outside Auckland have only been able to get the direct satellite (DBS) version of Ultra, rather than the better-performing terrestrial version.

Auckland has service from two Ultra towers, the original Sky Tower site and Waiatarua. Wellington and Christchurch now have towers on the Kau Kau and Fitzherbert hills and Sugarloaf respectively. Maps have been posted on Ihug's website.

Ihug is pitching the service as a low-cost bandwidth schools in Wellington and Christchurch, and says it now has 60 schools using Ultra.

Ihug may not have the high-speed business all its own way in either city, though. Telstra-Saturn's network has a strong presence in Wellington and is engaged in a major rollout in Christchurch, promising to have cable running past most residences by mid-next year.

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