Choice for New Zealand: IPSTAR launches broadband service with VSAT technology from UHP Networks


IPSTAR New Zealand, a major provider of satellite connectivity services in Australia, New Zealand and throughout the Asia-Pacific region through its parent company Thaicom, has launched Choice, a new service in New Zealand https://choicebroadband.co.nz/. The service provides high-speed broadband access in the country’s rural areas. Key applications include public services, distance learning, internet banking and WiFi spots.

The Choice offering delivers the highest broadband speed available in New Zealand with only 0.84 m antenna at the remote terminal. The download and upload speeds are up to 5 times faster compared with standard technology. The service operates over high-power IPSTAR Ku-band HTS satellite and uses cutting-edge VSAT equipment from UHP Networks, the Canadian manufacturer. At the heart of the ground infrastructure is a multi-beam VSAT Hub with DVB-S2X technology and MF-TDMA with Adaptive Coding and Modulation. The modular software-defined architecture of the UHP Hub ensures high-availability of the network.

Shannon Fisher, MD at IPSTAR New Zealand stated “The newly launched service represents a major step in improving digital broadband connectivity for rural New Zealanders. It has record throughput and excellent Quality of Service, achieved by a combination of the powerful IPSTAR satellite segment and advanced ground technology from UHP.”

Vagan Shakhgildian, CEO of UHP Networks commented “We at UHP Networks are proud that our technology was selected for the new service in New Zealand by IPSTAR, a well-known pioneer in High-Throughput Satellite connectivity. IPSTAR has been our trusted partner in Australia for some time. Together we achieved high-speed maritime connectivity in our early projects. We are now pleased to extend this co-operation to consumer broadband services.”

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