Xtra is hoping to encourage uptake of its new JetStream Starter 5000 pack by launching a suite of new game servers.
JetStream Starter, which replaces Telecom's base level DSL offering JetStart, has a monthly megabyte traffic cap of 5 gigabytes which applies only to international traffic says Xtra spokesman Matt Bostwick. (The cap comes into force on June 10 for existing customers).
"The new servers will allow JetStream Starter customers to play on New Zealand-based servers without eating into their monthly megabyte allowance," Bostwick says.
Players will still have a speed limit of 128kbit/s however Xtra customers will find their ping times should be extremely low.
Xtra hopes to be running around 20 new games and will choose them based on user demand.
A number of users have complained to IDGNet about Xtra's cap on JetStream Starter, however Bostwick says because the cap only applies to international traffic, users should still be able to surf without too much trouble.
"Users won't be charged for accessing New Zealand-based sites. If they're a .nz site the chances are they're hosted here in New Zealand so it won't come off the international bandwidth total." Sites with a .com address which are hosted in New Zealand will also not be billed as international traffic.
Bostwick says it is his understanding that this process will also be applied to sites which have local caching.
"QuickTime, for example, caches locally so it is treated as local traffic.
Paradise.net also charges users different rates for local or international traffic - it charges 20 cents/megabyte for international and 2 cents/megabyte for national.