I’ve just listened to an interesting programme on Radio New Zealand’s “Insight” programme titled “Business and Broadband”. I’d recommend it to anyone who is interested in the current situation regarding New Zealand’s broadband connectivity.
Compared with other countries in the world, New Zealand is definitely behind the eight-ball in terms of the bandwidth available to us. This is exacerbated in rural areas where weather conditions, electric fences and simple geography make the issue of connectivity even more of a problem. As a result, the ability of New Zealand businesses to participate in what Thomas Friedman calls the ‘flat world’ is becoming increasingly limited.
There are some developments that provide a sense of light at the end of the tunnel, in particular, the development of urban fibre networks in several major centres supported by funding from the Broadband Challenge, and the development of the KAREN network, providing a !0Gb high speed backbone across the whole if New Zealand.