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Orcon Delivers Next-Generation Broadband To Wellington

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Orcon Delivers Next-Generation Broadband To Wellington

20 February 2009 - Orcon is launching its next-generation, high-speed network in the capital, giving Wellingtonians a taste of award-winning communications.

From today, households and businesses connected to the Wellington Central and Courtenay Place exchanges can sign up for Orcon's local loop unbundled (LLU) telephone and ADSL2+ broadband network. Orcon CEO Scott Bartlett says he's pleased to launch in Wellington, giving households in the central city more choice and access to an award-winning service.

Last month Orcon was voted best ISP by PC World. It was named Telecommunications Carrier of the Year at the annual TUANZ awards last year, after winning TUANZ awards for Internet Service Provider of the Year in both 2006 and 2007. It was also named fastest broadband provider in New Zealand in a New Zealand Herald commissioned study by Epitiro late last year.

Orcon has also been awarded for being the best ISP for Mac users (by Macguide in 2006) and continues to pride itself on offering outstanding service to all customers, regardless of their choice of operating system.

Orcon was the first provider to introduce new phone and internet plans following the Government's decision in late 2006 to 'unbundle' the local loop, the copper wires that link homes to their neighbourhood exchanges.

The company successfully launched the LLU service in Auckland in March last year and now customers in New Zealand's biggest city are enjoying the benefits of proper competition.

The next-generation Orcon+ network features a range of plans that give both residential and business customers access to 'world class' broadband as well as available features such as unlimited calling throughout New Zealand. The ultimate residential package includes an unlimited number of overseas calls to one of 15 countries of the subscriber's choice.

Bartlett says many Auckland households connected to unbundled lines are seeing greatly enhanced speeds at a great price point.

"We have been receiving a huge amount of feedback from people really impressed at the higher speeds. They feel like finally they can use the web the way it's meant to be used.

"Couple that with some great plans that can save customers hundreds of dollars a year and no minimum contract period and Wellingtonians will finally see the benefits of our unbundled service."

Bartlett says the company can manage the entire process for customers including notifying their previous ISP of their move to Orcon.

Orcon's unbundled ADSL2+ service has the potential to deliver speeds of up to 24 megabits per second (Mbps) downstream and up to 1 Mbps upstream [1], roughly tripling the downstream bandwidth capacity of standard ADSL. ADSL is the common existing broadband standard in New Zealand.

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