Broadband is a source of endless frustration for Kiwis, with frequent disconnects and slow periods throughout the day. Even former Prime Minister Helen Clark was shocked by New Zealand’s snail-like broadband speed after experiencing the service in South Korea.
Talks are currently underway regarding setting up ultra fast broadband, however, for now Auckland’s fastest option is ADSL2+. All major providers offer various options including ADSL2+, ADSL and dial-up services, so you can pick your speed depending upon what you want to spend.
Prices range from about $33.00/per month for a DSL line to $300 for a standard satellite connection. There are a lot of Internet providers, and packages, in New Zealand to choose from, so the best option is often to use one of the online comparison tools.
Some of the main providers are:
Orcon – http://www.orcon.net.nz
0800 13 14 15
Connection time: 3-10 days
Broadband speed: Varies by price up to ADSL2+ delivered as fast as your line will allow.
Set-up: Online or over the phone. A technician will only come to your home if necessary.
Telecom – http://www.telecom.co.nz
0800 225 598
Connection time: 3 working days maximum
Broadband speed: Varies by price up to ADSL2+
Set up: Do it yourself, or a technician will come to your home if required.
Vodafone – http://www.vodafone.co.nz
0800 464 484
Connection time: 3-15 days
Broadband Speed: Varies by plan up to ADSL2+
Set-up: DIY or over the phone.
Internet cafes are plentiful and cheap in Auckland – an average of $2.00 for an hour of internet time. Many are geared towards “gamers” but most also offer access to printers, faxes and other business equipment. Internet time is also available for free at Auckland Region Libraries with a library card.
Free wi-fi internet connectivity is available all over Auckland, quite often coffee shops have free connectivity and ALL Auckland libraries have free wi-fi. It’s just a case of leaving your wi-fi search running and you should be able to pick up free connectivity in plenty of places.