Fibre broadband helping efficiency
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.