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Wireless Nation Signs Deal with Global Satellite Giant Gilat

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Fast, easy, accessible satellite connectivity for all of us is one step closer, in a new deal between Wireless Nation – a wholly owned New Zealand internet provider – and leading global satellite company Gilat Satellite Networks.

The agreement gives Wireless Nation access to Gilat’s on-the-ground satellite services.

Wireless Nation’s founder and technical director, Tom Linn, says the deal fundamentally changes the landscape of satellite provision in New Zealand.

“Gilat brings a multi-market satellite platform into the partnership. We can now support any application with Gilat’s high performance satellite hub system, along with comprehensive network management and a family of mission-specific terminals.

“We now have the ability to develop next-generation, high-speed services via satellite; services that customers want, easily and cost effectively.”

Mr Linn adds that the partnership is a future-proofing strategy.

“New Zealand households and businesses can look ahead to Wireless Nation’s satellite services with speeds beyond 200Mbps, regardless of customer location.

“Satellite is the ultimate communications method; it doesn’t require cables, or roads to be dug up. The technology newly acquired by Wireless Nation makes it a fully automated service.”

Gilat’s robust platform enables Wireless Nation to offer cellular backhaul services – a highly convenient alternative to fibre in remote and hilly areas. Cellular backhaul easily connects cell towers to mobile operators’ call networks.

“Satellite is immensely useful to mobile operators seeking to expand their coverage in difficult or isolated terrain,” says Mr Linn.

Wireless Nation can now offer Virtual Network Operator (VNO) service to mobile operators and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in New Zealand. VNOs have full control of their terminals and full flexibility to define and manage their own services. They also gain detailed satellite monitoring information such as modem status, bandwidth usage and signal levels.

Mr Linn continues that satellite is increasingly used to backup terrestrial connections such as Fibre and DSL lines in many parts of the world.

“As businesses move to Cloud software suites, Cloud PABX and Cloud storage solutions, satellite is ideal as a backup device, due to very high service availability – over 99.99 percent.”

The new, high throughput satellites being launched in Asia Pacific region have ten times more capacity available whilst the cost to build them remains similar.


For further information, or an interview opportunity with Tom Linn, contact: Penny Hartill, director, hPR 09 445 7525, 021 721 424,

Editor’s Notes:

Wireless Nation is a New Zealand based Internet Service Provider that provides fast broadband to homes and businesses throughout New Zealand. Since 2005, Wireless Nation has consistently provided fast broadband anywhere it’s needed, from apartments in Auckland’s CBD to the remote Chatham Islands. Rural communities in particular benefit from Wireless Nation’s powerful Optus satellite network, which has a high look angle so is reliable, less prone to rain fade and less likely to have line of sight issues.  It also offers fixed line broadband and Voice Over IP (VOIP).

It has partnerships with ASB Rural, PGG Wrightson, leading rural insurer FMG, and accounting software and payroll solution provider MYOB. For more information, call 0800 101 143 or visit

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Contact hPR for winning awards publicity

I was media consultant to the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards and the New Zealand Post Book Awards (formerly Montana New Zealand Book Awards) for six years.

As the awards are the highest accolades a New Zealand author can hope to achieve in their own country, I was lucky enough to work with the nation’s most talented emerging and established writers.

Each year, the Awards generate significant media coverage – of the awards themselves, the judges, the finalists and the winners. The Award’s coverage not only impacted on the winners’ book sales, but also on publishers’ reputations and that of the book industry as a whole. It was a significant responsibility and one I relished, working determinedly to achieve maximum media coverage for all stakeholders.

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The coverage generated grew year-on-year and was valued in the many millions.