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Rural Communities to Benefit from Alliance with Internet Service Provider Wireless Nation

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News Release – for immediate release

RURAL COMMUNITIES TO BENEFIT FROM ALLIANCE WITH INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDER WIRELESS NATION

Rural communities will soon have unparalleled access to the internet thanks to a new partnership between Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand (RHAANZ) and ISP Wireless Nation.

The joint venture brings farmers and rural residents closer to faster, more reliable satellite services offered by the New Zealand owned broadband business.

Wireless Nation’s technical director, Tom Linn says he is pleased to be working with RHAANZ as both companies share a common goal: to connect New Zealanders everywhere with the internet.

“We understand that isolation and lack of connectivity can be a real issue for people living in remote areas.

“We welcome the Government’s new funding for improving rural broadband (RBI2) and the opportunity to be part of the discussion for how it is best utilised.

“Wireless Nation operates New Zealand’s fastest, most reliable satellite broadband for rural New Zealanders. We use the powerful Optus satellite network with speeds of up to 10Mbps, which has “hot” signal strength over New Zealand.

“Farmers don’t have to wait for broadband to reach them – they can have quick and reliable internet now,” says Mr Linn.

RHAANZ chief executive Michelle Thompson says she is delighted to be working with Wireless Nation to achieve the organisation’s goal of improving rural connectivity.

“We believe good reliable and affordable connectivity is critical for the health and wellbeing of rural communities – especially in regard to minimising the sense of isolation for our rural families and improving access to health services through the likes of telemedicine and video consultations. It also opens up business and economic development opportunities as well as increasing the overall liveability of rural NZ.”

Rural businesses, communities and health organisations will have an opportunity to provide advice to the Government regarding RBI2 at the TUANZ and RHAANZ Rural Connectivity Symposium which takes place in Wellington at the James Cook Hotel on Thursday 28 May 2015.

ENDS

For further information contact: Penny Hartill, director, hPR 09 445 7525, 021 721 424, penny@hartillpr.co.nz

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 www.wirelessnation.co.nz

The Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand (RHAANZ) was established in May 2012 and represents a united voice from across multiple rural sector organisations. Its aim is to provide solutions and influence policy affecting the health and wellbeing of rural communities www.rhaanz.org.nz

Telecommunications Users Association of New Zealand (TUANZ) is a not-for-profit membership association with over 27 years of positive telecommunications change in our history. It has been instrumental in getting the connectivity to the top of the political agenda and now works to prepare TUANZ members and the wider community to take full advantage of the opportunities provided.
www.tuanz.org.nz

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