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PrimoWireless has again been awarded funding for areas in Taranaki.

PrimoWireless’ Managing Director Matthew Harrison and Operations Manager/Shareholder Jason Holton welcome today’s announcement from Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones, and Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Minister Kris Faafoi, regarding the expansion of the RBI2 programme.

Following on from the RBI2 announcement in 2017 this additional investment will take coverage to 99.8% of NZ’s population.

The expansion of the current RBI2 programme will enable PrimoWireless to deliver enhanced broadband services to more rural communities.  In addition to the increased coverage, our core network will receive significant upgrades to improve connection speeds and network resilience for our existing customers.

The additional coverage will roll out over the next four years with completion in 2023 alongside the current build schedule which is due for completion in 2021.

“Further investment in the RBI2 programme means that we can move faster to expand the network in areas where we had planned to fill the gaps”, said Jason Holton, “PrimoWireless’ broadband services provide fast reliable connectivity and support’s Taranaki’s regional economic growth, across both rural and urban sectors.”

“Taranaki businesses are able to compete on a global stage in the digital age” he added.

Matthew Harrison agrees “When I first started PrimoWireless over 12 years ago, my dream was to Connect Taranaki’s remotest corners, this additional funding brings forward this goal and we look forward to working with CIP in delivering faster broadband to those communities”.

PrimoWireless, named NZ’s Best Rural Broadband Provider (Broadband Compare TUANZ Awards 2018), has great local knowledge of its communities and provides a high-class service to many rural households who would otherwise be without broadband coverage.



Primowireless, Winner Of The Best Rural Service Provider at The 2018 Broadband Compare TUANZ Awards.

PrimoWireless voted Best Rural Service Provider at the 2018 Broadband Compare TUANZ awards 2018.

Awards available to watch on the Broadband Compare Facebook page.


Judges' Comments

PrimoWireless showcased technology and innovation as the fundamental underpinnings of their service and as a rural specialist their entry also demonstrated a great investment in their community.

Their extensive sponsorship of community organisations and groups, through free use of their services, and free WIFI hotspots throughout the region were great examples of their commitment to a high-quality rural broadband offering and to being more than 'just' an ISP.

PrimoWireless' Comments

Team holding awardDSCN1604 960pxWe are incredibly grateful for the recognition this award represents. It is an acknowledgement of not only the work PrimoWireless has achieved in getting fast reliable broadband to even the remotest parts of our region but also of the contribution that WISPS and ISP’s are making in providing quality broadband to ALL New Zealanders.

PrimoWireless is also grateful for the recognition of the support we provide to community organisations throughout Taranaki, such as our PRIMO IT FORWARD sponsorship programme to give three families in need, free internet for a year.

We would like to sincerely thank the people of Taranaki, and the amazing team at Primo for helping us reach a stage where we can proudly hold up this award as a mark of our achievements so far. We also promise that we’ll only get better at what we do.

The Broadband Compare TUANZ Awards

The Broadband Compare TUANZ Awards celebrates the very best of the broadband industry and this prestigious event recognises the companies that provide New Zealanders with the very best products and services in the broadband sector.

Awards cover a wide range of different categories from best fibre provider to best bundled plan, best customer support, best specialist provider and best broadband innovation.

The Broadband Compare TUANZ Award winners are selected based on a combination of criteria.

These include consumer surveys and reviews on the Broadband Compare website, decisions from the expert judging panel, as well as third party data and infomation collated throughout the previous year. Broadband Compare surveys 100s of household decision-makers through respected insight agency Tactix to provide additional consumer data to help the judges to decide, amongst other categories, the best providers for value, customer service and bundled broadband plans.





Our Hunter Gatherer Kelly, appears a a guest on the Access Radio, Girl Friday show.

Talking about the recent Wi-DmystiFIed camp, connectivity in Whangamomona, community sponsorships, and other Primo stuff.

Take a listen here.



Started With Fireworks And Never Looked Back

PrimoWireless seems to be everywhere in Taranaki. Maybe it’s the utes carrying the distinctive multi-coloured logo, symbolising the fireworks that quite literally marked the start of the business. Maybe it’s the way founder Matthew Harrison, a larger than life personality, stands out in a crowd.

About 12 years ago Matthew was working  at PowerCo. He and a mate were passionate about on-line gaming. Both lived in Inglewood – a few kilometres apart; one rural, the other urban (or as near to urban as Inglewood gets.)

Read the full article here: PrimoWireless – A WISP profile by Ernie Newman.



brian laptop 400pxClosing Taranaki's Digital Divide PrimoWireless Mixes Fibre and Wireless

Fibre is making Taranaki’s rural wireless internet service run much better. It can reach deeper into rural areas it couldn’t get to before.

Regional wireless internet service provider PrimoWireless has used fibre for four or five years now, to improve internet speeds and reliability for its rural customers. Fibre also extends its network into those deep rural pockets even satellite can’t reach.

PrimoWireless’ managing director, Matthew Harrison, says fibre is proving particularly valuable to those at the furthest-most points of its network. “Some of those farms can’t even get satellite because the hill country is too steep. They were stuck on dial-up and they used to wait a whole day for an email,” he says.

Taranaki was one of the first regions to have fibre installed as part of the UFB initiative. The aim is to deliver the kind of fast telecoms service city people take for granted to rural New Zealand.

UFB fibre has helped transform communications in rural Taranaki, says Harrison.

Read the full article here: Closing Taranaki Digital Divide PrimoWireless Mixes Fibre and Wireless

Source: The Download


T4U6XL666ZC4VAQ76BK74WEGPEPrimoWireless provides broadband to Tutaki Youth Inc

"We have always valued the local support we receive and we like to look for ways in which we can support our local communities in return."

Kelly Ellis of PrimoWireless says the team at PrimoWireless are thrilled to be able to support Tutaki Youth Inc by providing them with their broadband connection and service.

Ellen Hall, general manager at Tutaki Youth Inc, says the partnership with PrimoWireless has already made a difference.

"We immediately noticed a difference in work flow and connectivity as they resolved the issues we had with blackspots in the building immediately. Now, wherever in the building someone is working, they have a seamless connection to the internet."

Read the full article here

Source: Stratford Press Business News


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