Power company spawns ISP

Electricity company Genesis Energy has launched a $9.95 a month ISP for its retail customers, in conjunction with Net Tel Communications.

Electricity company Genesis Energy has launched a $9.95 a month ISP for its retail customers.

The new ISP, Infogen, has outsourced its network service to MoreNet, a division of the locally-owned telecommunications company Net Tel Communications. Dial-up will be via Telecom IPNet. The Infogen Web site connects to Netgate via aaria.net.nz, a domain registered to Daniel Evans of Alternative Futures, the wireless company absorbed into Walker Wireless early this year.

Last month Genesis Energy launched a new retail Web site that encourages customers to read their own meters and submit results online.

"We want to be the leading online utility in New Zealand and there are good reasons for this," says Genesis CEO Murray Jackson. "International trends demonstrate increasing use of the internet for paying bills, selecting services and retrieving or updating information such as reading meters.

"We expect Infogen will appeal to home and small business Internet users who want fast and reliable access to the internet. The service will give customers access and response times comparable to leading ISPs in New Zealand."

Genesis customers are also offered cut-rate distance and business telephone services from NetTel and business Web hosting with a company called Sales Online.

Infogen offers unlimited Internet access at $9.95 monthly. Unlike the free ISPs to have launched this year, Infogen's telephone helpline will be free.

Genesis is the third largest generator in the country and says it supplies a fifth of New Zealand's electricity to customers in the North and South Island.

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