Hamilton-based PC manufacturer the PC Company is to launch an ISP primarily aimed at its hardware customers.
PC Company founder Colin Brown says the ISP, to be called PC Connect, will be launched at the start of September. Hamilton ISP Wave Internet will provide network access which will connect to PC Company servers and customer database.
Brown says the nationwide internet service will be available to non-PC Company users but the emphasis will be on new and existing customers. The PC Company has taken on four new staff for the launch. Charging has not yet been established, says Brown.
He says the move is part of a drive to get closer to customers. It will also see the launch this week of a new web-based shopping service called PC Essentials where customers can buy components, consumables and peripheral products.
In the past six months Brown has stepped back from day to day running of the company, handing over to chief executive Rob Sweet. Another relative newcomer is Dale Townsend, formerly the Australia and New Zealand general manager of Seagate Technology, who has moved to New Zealand. Townsend is general manager of PC Company’s business division covering desktop and notebooks.
Brown will remain at the PC Company and says he will work on strategic planning and new products.