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Local entrepreneur donates wifi to hospital - Radio Interview

Taranaki Base Hospital now has free wifi thanks to PrimoWireless founder Matthew Harrison.

He was sick in hospital and found he had chewed through a lot of data and thought about how to help other patients stay connected.

Harrison told Larry Williams a lot of DHBs have got wifi which they pay for themselves.

LISTEN HERE AS MATTHEW HARRISON SPEAKS WITH LARRY WILLIAMS

 

 


Patient gifts free wi-fi to hospitals after chewing through $3000 of data while sick

Getting online while in one regional hospital will now be free thanks to the founder of an internet service provider who knows what it's like to be a patient.

PrimoWireless managing director Matthew Harrison has connected Taranaki Base and Hāwera Hospitals to wifi inspired by his own personal experience of chewing through data during recovery from illness.

While he was being diagnosed with a debilitating bowel disease, Harrison spent the majority of his days at Taranaki Base Hospital...

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Source www.stuff.co.nz


Wi-finding a way to better internet

Teens in Taranaki have been investigating how a wifi network is created and how to set up one that is as good as – and sometimes better than – those installed by professionals.

Year 12 and 13 students at New Plymouth Girls’ High School and New Plymouth Boys’ High School have been learning the science and technology behind what makes a good wifi network, and how to avoid ‘blind spots’ where signal is poor or non-existent.

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Source: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, NZ. Curious Minds

 

 


Penguin Cam live streaming from little blue penguin burrow

A  'Penguin Cam' along the Taranaki coastline is now sharing the hidden life of the world's smallest penguin with the world.

An infrared camera has been set up in a little blue penguin burrow at Ngāmotu Beach in New Plymouth and turned, with the action being live streamed online via the Taranaki Mounga project website.

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The wireless internet connection has been provided by Primowireless.

"Penguin Cam is a great way of using technology for environmental education.  A lot of Taranaki locals probably don't even realise we have penguins on our back doorstep and now the public can follow their progress from home or the office," Primowireless' Kelly Ellis said.

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Source www.stuff.co.nz


PrimoWireless wins tender to connect rural Taranaki and grant for Whangamomona

Some of the most remote homes and businesses in Taranaki will soon have access to the fastest internet available - wireless broadband.

Internet service provider PrimoWireless has been named the Wireless Internet Service Provider for the region after winning a bid for the Government's second phase of the Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI) - a $150 million package to pay for connecting rural areas to the internet.

Matthew Harrison, PrimoWireless managing director, said the RBI funding would mean another 300 people in North Taranaki, including Tarata, Tongaporutu and Ahititi, could be be connected to the internet by mid 2020.

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Source www.stuff.co.nz

 


Local hero PrimoWireless joins major telco players by winning rural broadband contract

31/8/2017

PrimoWireless welcomes yesterday’s announcement by Prime Minister Bill English, Communications Minister Simon Bridges and Crown Fibre Holdings of the investment that the Government is making in improving rural broadband and mobile phone coverage for rural and remote New Zealanders.

Telecommunications Minister Simon Bridges announced PrimoWireless as the Wireless Internet Service Provider for Taranaki, making it responsible for connecting homes, farms and businesses over a broad area that includes remote and difficult terrain.

This appointment is part of a $150 million funding package for telco companies to partner with the Government through Crown Fibre Holdings Ltd to bring better broadband and mobile services to an increased number of under-served rural areas, businesses, homes and tourists in New Zealand.

Through the initiative, PrimoWireless has successfully negotiated with Crown Fibre Holdings for funding to develop and grow Taranaki’s rural broadband network, this for the first time gives PrimoWireless and other wireless ISP’s the official recognition that the broadband they provide is an excellent alternative to traditional copper and fibre based services.

MD of PrimoWireless – Matthew Harrison said, “Many of New Zealand’s wireless ISP’s including PrimoWireless have traditionally flown under the radar of the telco sector, we are well known locally, but less so nationally - so it’s incredibly satisfying to see that so many WISPs have been entrusted with parts of the government’s latest RBI2 initiative.”

PrimoWireless was established in 2006 to provide wireless broadband services to remote Taranaki communities. Initially PrimoWireless was developed as a solution to help rural Taranaki people and businesses who struggled to get access to fast broadband services. Knowing that wireless is the fastest broadband technology available to the rural community, IT specialist and managing director Matthew Harrison, set about building PrimoWireless' network from the ground up. As a result, PrimoWireless' customers are now enjoying the full benefits of connecting to Taranaki's only locally owned and operated Ultrafast wireless network.

PrimoWireless provides both wireless and ultrafast broadband services (UFB) to thousands of business and rural customers in and around the Taranaki region. The grant funding investment by the government and substantial additional investment from PrimoWireless will allow us to upgrade our existing network and build new sites that will expand broadband coverage to even more rural and remote internet users who are desperately in need of modern broadband connectivity.

The first radio site as part of PrimoWireless’ expanded network for rural Taranaki is expected to be installed later next month and the entire project is expected to be completed by mid-2020.

 



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