Wireless Network

200+ radio high sites across the Waikato and Bay of Plenty spanning from the Bombay Hills to Te Kuiti. 

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Average Tower Uptime

(All towers, average 30 days)

Closing the connectivity gap.

An avid computer enthusiast, Murray (PhD), wanted faster internet at his home in rural Waikato, but was frustrated to find that no options were available. He teamed up with the University of Waikato to find a way to close the connectivity gap between rural and city internet, Lightwire was born.

15 years later, Lightwire has gone from a research project to New Zealand’s largest independent wireless internet service provider, but our mission to close the connectivity gap has never faulted. 

Investing in here

Rural living shouldn’t be about compromises. Enjoy rural living with city internet speeds.

$ 1 Million
Invested in the network over last 5 years
1 Sites Upgraded
in the 2020
1 New Sites
built in the 2020

Investing in here

Rural living shouldn’t be about compromises. Enjoy rural living with city internet speeds.

$ 1 Million
Invested in the network over last 5 years
1 Sites Upgraded
in the 2020
1 New Sites
built in the 2020

How Lightwire's fixed Wireless broadband works

A Lightwire technician installs a dish on the roof of your house that’s capable of receiving signals from a Lightwire high site that has clear line of sight (LoS) to a Lightwire tower on a nearby hill. These towers are also commonly referred to as a high site. The tower beams radio signals to your dish over which data is carried. 

How Lightwire's fixed Wireless broadband works

A Lightwire technician installs a dish on the roof of your house that’s capable of receiving signals from a Lightwire high site that has clear line of sight (LoS) to a Lightwire tower on a nearby hill. These towers are also commonly referred to as a high site. The tower beams radio signals to your dish over which data is carried. 

A network built to make customers happy

What Lightwire Rural Wireless is not

Cellular

We do not use 4G or 5G cellular networks to provide internet at your property.

Fibre

Providing fibre to rural communities is typically too costly and impractical.

Sattelite

We prefer to keep our feet on the ground plus we’re not rocket scientists. 

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Average Download Speed

(Last 30 days – measured at time of install)

Life is too short for slow internet.

Careful capacity management, the latest wireless & network technology, and the best engineers to operate the network ensures that living rural doesn’t hold back your internet speed. Life is too short for slow internet. 

Where you can get high-speed wireless broadband

Availability depending on range and line of sight to a Lightwire tower as well as tower capacity.

Not in coverage?

If you have a great community champion that can get 10 customers to commit to one of the wireless broadband, we will deploy this tower free of charge.

In case you can go even further and get 15 customers to commit to an ongoing Lightwire internet plan, we will deploy a full tower build free of charge, which would provide even greater speeds and levels of reliability.

a network for more
than just broadband

With over 200 high sites across the Waikato and Bay of Plenty, Lightwire is uniquely positioned to help other businesses unlock their connectivity potential. 

Projects we’ve helped with include smart traffic network with the Hamilton city council, digital mobile radio with Trilogy, and IoT experiments with the Waikato Regional Council. 

Panel chat how Trilogy delivers mission-critical communications with the help of Lightwire’s high site network.

Questions about our network?

Chat with us

Our friendly experts can answer any of your rural connectivity questions. 

Ask away

give us a call

On average you’ll get one of wireless broadband specialist on the phone in less than 2 minutes.

0800 12 13 14

email us

Not in a rush? Shoot us an email and we’ll be in touch as soon as possible.

sales@lightwire.co.nz

Life is too short for slow internet

Get fast wireless broadband to your rural property. When you sign up to a 12 month term you’ll get the install for free.