Lyall was speaking after a report commissioned by the Ministry of Economic Development said a virtual telco is the best way to deliver broadband to the far north (see Virtual telco best for far north, report says).
“We don’t use the internet for bookings, only for information, and only one of our four computers has internet access,” says Lyall.
The agency runs Amadeus, an intranet-based travel booking system, but is finding an increasing number of customers want to book over the internet and some wholesale travel providers are talking of doing the same. “To access them through the internet will be faster and more direct and if they start pulling out of the system we’ll have to become internet-based.”
High-speed internet would be taken up in Northland if it was made available at the right price, Lyall says. “There must be thousands of people looking for something faster and more reliable than what we have up here.”
Leanne Wilson, practice manager at law firm Lawnorth, which has offices in Kerikeri and Kaikohe, says while high-speed internet access “would be nice”, it would make little difference to the firm. “We don’t use the internet a lot and don’t have internet access on each workstation.”
The firm does have a website.