Fi­bre broad­band help­ing ef­fi­ciency

Northern Outlook - - OUT & ABOUT - EMMA DANGER­FIELD

More than 7,000 homes and busi­nesses in Ran­giora can now con­nect to En­able’s fi­bre broad­band with the town’s net­work roll-out now com­pleted.

It has al­ready been rolled out in other cen­tres in­clud­ing Rolle­ston, where seven out of ev­ery 10 fam­i­lies and busi­nesses are on board. En­able chief ex­ec­u­tive Steve Fuller said the ben­e­fits of a su­per re­li­able and ul­tra-fast broad­band ser­vice var­ied from cus­tomer to cus­tomer.

‘‘For busi­ness own­ers, it can mean be­ing able to run a dig­i­tal busi­ness close to home, rather than hav­ing to have an of­fice in the city, or be­ing able to reach cus­tomers around the coun­try or world from a small Can­ter­bury town. For fam­i­lies, the ben­e­fits in­clude ac­cess­ing online entertainment op­tions eas­ily, con­nect­ing with fam­ily and friends, and learn­ing in new ways.’’

Ran­giora could now grab the op­por­tu­nity to be one of the most con­nected com­mu­ni­ties in New Zealand, he said. En­able had pre­vi­ously made its fi­bre broad­band ser­vices avail­able to about a third of the town, with a fo­cus on reach­ing the busi­ness com­mu­nity and schools.

About a quar­ter of Ran­giora is con­nected to fi­bre in­clud­ing all schools, hun­dreds of busi­nesses and al­most 1,000 homes. Fuller said a fi­bre broad­band ser­vice was gen­er­ally about the same price as an old cop­per-based broad­band ser­vice, and it did not usu­ally cost res­i­den­tial cus­tomers any­thing to con­nect, and very lit­tle for busi­nesses to do so.

‘‘Most im­por­tantly, peo­ple in our com­mu­nity should grab the op­por­tu­nity to con­nect now to en­sure their in­ter­net con­nec­tion does not re­strict what they can do online to­day or what online ser­vices they can take ad­van­tage of in the fu­ture.’’

Ran­giora Bak­ery man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Ron van Til said switch­ing to fi­bre broad­band was a no-brainer. It had im­proved their busi­ness op­er­a­tion and the ex­pe­ri­ence of hav­ing it in­stalled was seam­less, he said.

‘‘Fi­bre broad­band has opened op­por­tu­ni­ties for our busi­ness from many per­spec­tives. Ev­ery­thing is in­stant now – we used to wait for EFT­POS trans­ac­tions to go through. Now it hap­pens straight away. The ef­fi­cien­cies we’ve achieved – in­clud­ing cost sav­ings – has meant we are now a slicker op­er­a­tion. My ad­vice to any busi­ness who has not made the switch is: Do it. It’s at your door and you’re do­ing your­self a dis­ser­vice by not hav­ing it.’’

Melissa Spence at Ran­giora Bak­ery, which is ben­e­fit­ing from faster EFT­POS thanks to fi­bre broad­band.

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