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Rural and Remote Kiwis enjoy the good things in life. It's why you live where you do. Fresh air, big sky, all the beauty nature has to offer and acres of peace and quiet. There's no rush hour because time moves a bit slower in the country – and you like it that way – but that's no reason why you should have to put up with slow broadband (or even no broadband at all).
The school is a bit further away, and you wouldn’t say the pub or supermarket is around the corner. But that’s because they’re… well, immovable. But having to drive somewhere to get Internet? That’s nuts!
Contents - The State of Rural Broadband
The reality is that our rural families and businesses – our farmers, agritech businesses, exporters, importers, conservationists, manufacturing or food processing to name just a few – are the people that feed and clothe New Zealand. Opportunities to connect, grow, socialise, heal and learn should not be put on hold because somebody somewhere has decided that rural broadband is too hard.
Living in rural New Zealand should not mean that you have to live with the frustration of ‘no signal’, ‘no reach’ and ‘no Internet’ because the technology does exist to change it. Every Kiwi living in New Zealand – from Tararua to Lake Paringa and even the Chatham Islands – can have affordable and reliable broadband.
In 2017, about 90,000 rural families and business couldn't get reasonable broadband speeds (a minimum of 20 Mbps download). In April 2020 the Government's RBI2 programme announced it aims to reduce that number “as much as possible” and let’s face it, that’s going to take years to roll out. Even once that’s done, there could still be up to 40,000 families left out in the dark.
Even for many who do have rural broadband, it isn't always affordable or enough data to suit the situation. For example, the decision to have the Rugby World Cup streamed in 2019 meant it was probably cheaper for some families to travel to Japan to watch the world cup than to stream the tournament live. Let's not forget the potential for hundreds and even thousands of dollars in data overage penalties – those extra fees you have to pay when you go over your monthly plan limit on data.
Due to the remoteness of many rural homes they are forced to go without the broadband essentials like online banking, eCommerce and video calling. This has now all changed.
Gravity was launched to change what’s possible for the forgotten backbone of New Zealand.
The company's founders and shareholders knew that they could get all of New Zealand connected – even the so-called blackspots – with a bit of intention, a genuine desire to help and some cutting-edge technology. And so Gravity Internet was founded, with the mission to connect the unconnected.
Thanks to Gravity's Satellite Internet technology and unlimited data plans, Gravity has been able to solve many issues, including assisting regional growth by connecting marae, clinics, dairy farms and small businesses to the world. The result is that your days of frustration and neglect are over. YES, Gravity Internet can connect you to the Internet via satellite no matter how rural or remote your location.
In fact, Gravity provides a “Yes” to all kinds of Kiwis. We deliver:
Here at Gravity, we have next-generation satellites orbiting space above you, right now. Satellites that are standing by to deliver unlimited Internet directly to you, instantly. Right now you can get Internet that is:
A stable rural broadband connection means that children can access Google to do research for projects, complete homework and learn remotely. Kiwis living in so-called “rural Internet blackspots” can now catch up with family and friends on social media, watch Netflix or YouTube and run a business (or two) no matter where in the wop wops they live.
If you're one of the many rural Kiwis forced to wait until you can make a trip into town or if you have to find a spot at the top of a nearby hill that gets a cell phone signal, Gravity can help. Rural living today does not mean that you have to put up with being unconnected or having to make do with a sketchy service that challenges your patience daily.
Like thousands of households New Zealand wide, you may have been told that you can't have 'Fibre', 'Cable', 'VDSL', 'Wireless' or 'ADSL' – but nobody said anything about satellite.
Satellite broadband is not talked about by most Internet Services Providers (ISPs) because they don't sell the products. Many ISPs would rather say 'no, you can't get Internet' than confess they don't supply it.
Another reason people may avoid the topic is because until recent times people thought that satellite was extremely expensive, limited by location and not suitable for activities like streaming and video conferencing.
Gravity's satellite broadband is available in virtually every corner of New Zealand. Services are set up to deliver affordable, faster satellite broadband to remote rural communities.
Gravity is one of the only Satellite Internet providers to offer unlimited Internet for rural/remote people who cannot get ADSL, VDSL, Fibre or 4G wireless. The days of hoping and dreaming for faster, more reliable broadband are now over.
Gravity provides your Internet connection using next-generation, high-throughput satellites (HTS) designed to deliver broadband to remote locations. The satellites, which are in geostationary orbit, transmit to state-of-the-art stations called gateways. The gateways, in turn, enable rural Kiwis to access affordable, high-speed broadband.
Satellite Internet bypasses the infrastructure of traditional terrestrial (ground-based) broadband products which require, copper, fibre or nearby cell towers to connect your property to a communications grid. Some New Zealanders are just too remote for ISPs to invest in the necessary ground infrastructure but with Gravity you don’t have to worry.
If you or someone you know has been living without internet and are wondering “can I get internet where I live yet?” the answer (thanks to Satellite Internet) is YES! With the new, high-powered satellite's that Gravity employs – designed and optimised for broadband – rural Kiwis can now enjoy fast Satellite Internet that is cheaper than has ever been available before.
Yes, Satellite Internet can deliver high speed internet to you, even if you:
Once you have selected your satellite broadband plan, Gravity's technicians will install a 1.2-metre dish on your property. Designed to work in rural conditions, the connection can even be solar-powered. You get:
Gravity's Internet is fast enough for you to do almost everything you want to do on the Internet! Depending on your needs and the size of your household, Gravity can offer speeds of between 5Mbps – good for browsing – to 30Mbps, which allows you to run multiple devices, browse the internet, send emails, do internet banking, watch YouTube and stream Netflix.
Recently one of our farming customers from Central Otago, almost in tears, phoned to tell us that after enduring a dial-up connection for nearly two decades, he had for the first time the data and speeds he needed to watch a "How-to" video on YouTube. As a result, he was able to view a video on how to fix his ageing tractor to work correctly again.
Like the customer from Central Otago, people living remote and rural can now get good quality Internet through Gravity Internet plans. You don't have to wait for fibre to turn up on your road. You don't have to spend vast amounts of money on dial-up and slow, restrictive Internet plans and you don't have to put up with driving to the top of the nearest hill to get a signal.
In conclusion, be assured that: