Telco 2degrees said it will expedite its Starlink Business offering in the wake of Cyclone Gabrielle, bring forward the launch of the satellite broadband service.
Starlink Business is aimed at enterprises, and 2degrees chief executive Mark Callander said the service will provide a higher level experience than that of residential units.
The Starlink Business devices provide a high gain antenna, additional throughput allocation and are designed for extreme conditions to ensure high bandwidth and low latency for mission critical operations.
In Australia, Vocus which merged with 2degrees earlier this year offers three fixed location Starlink Business plans, and two Commercial and Premium Mobility ones that can be used anywhere.
The Business plans offer peak speeds of up to 350 megabits per second downloads, and 40 Mbps uploads; the estimated speeds in practice are between 60 to 250 Mbps down, and 10-30 Mbps up and enjoy high network priority.
Latency is estimated as 25 to 50 milliseconds for Starlink Business, and for the Australian market, the three plans offer 500, 1000 and 3000 gigabytes of data a month respectively.
For the Australian market, the Commercial and Premium Mobility plans are designed for mobile use, including at sea, with the latter offering similar performance to the Starlink Business ones and 5000 GB data allowance.
2degrees has provided 10 of the enterprise grade Starlink Business devices to emergency services to help with the cyclone recovery efforts in Gisborne.
More units have been flown in from Australia, again to be deployed by emergency services.
Starlink Business will integrate with 2degrees software defined wide area networking solutions and with fully managed telco service.
It will be supported by the telco's business team, and be available both as self install, or 2degrees deployment options.
Pricing and plan options for the New Zealand Starlink Business service are yet to be confirmed.