No limits for south Auckland broadband

The country's first uncapped broadband service will be rolled out early next month when Wired Country's fibre network goes live.

The country's first uncapped broadband service will be rolled out early next month when Wired Country's fibre network goes live.

Initially the service will only be offered to those in the Pukekohe CBD and some surrounding suburbs, but this will be expanded to include an area from Pukekohe north to Papakura.

Counties Power, formerly the Franklin Electrical Power Board, formed the new business unit, Wired Country, to market its wholesale broadband service, and its first reseller is Auckland based ISP, ICONZ, although several others are expected to sign on by launch day on May 6.

ICONZ pricing for the service includes a 256Kbit/s connection that costs $99 a month or a 512Kbit/s connection for $120 a month. Both services cost $110 to install and both are uncapped, although ICONZ is also considering the introduction of a faster, capped service at a later date.

The network will be launched by Minister of Communications Paul Swain in a live video link from Wellington: members of the Franklin District Council, local area business community and iwi representatives have been invited to attend.

ICONZ managing director Sean Weekes was not immediately available for comment on pricing or traffic limits, however Wired Country general manager Mike Lancaster says the speed bands will start at 128Kbit/s.

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