A new urban broadband internet battle has begun with the launch of Skinny Mobile’s 4G wireless broadband.
A new broadband battle has begun in New Zealand’s urban centres with the launch of a 4G prepaid wireless internet service.
Skinny Mobile – a prepay-only subsidiary of telecommunications giant Spark – today launches Skinny Broadband which it describes as a ‘game-changing’ service giving New Zealanders their best priced 60GB broadband plan at $55 per month.
Instead of being delivered through copper or fibre optic cables Skinny uses Spark’s 4G network to deliver wireless broadband into homes and workplaces – the same network used for Spark and Skinny’s 4G mobile coverage.
Internet service providers already offer 4G wireless broadband to rural areas under the Government’s Rural Broadband Initiative but this is the first time a provider has offered 4G wireless broadband to urban centres throughout New Zealand.
Skinny broadband customers could expect broadband speeds similar to 4G mobile – which should be faster than standard copper ADSL broadband but slower than ultra fast fibre.
Telecommunications Users Association of New Zealand chief executive Craig Young said by using Spark’s 4G towers Skinny were cutting telecommunications infrastructure providers such as Chorus out of the loop.
‘If they’re using their 4G mobile network they’re not paying Chorus or the fibre companies for access so they’ve got complete control’ Young said.