Kiwi-owned ISP Voyager is set to upgrade its national network to 100 gigabit (Gb) to meet the growing data usage and demand for high-speed fibre connections across the country.
The company previously updated its Auckland network from 10 Gb to 100 Gb in 2019 and has now commenced work on the national upgrade, expected to be completed by November 1, 2022.
“It's amazing to see the huge growth in New Zealand's data usage in just a few short years,” said Voyager founder and managing director Seeby Woodhouse.
“This network upgrade will ensure we continue providing our customers with seamless connectivity that meets their needs and expectations.”
The upgrade will also enable Voyager to offer 10G services including L2 Ethernet and national backhaul which will help the ISP’s enterprise customers and wholesale partners “better serve their own requirements and customers by shifting traffic where it needs to go”, Woodhouse added.
Voyager's network has local points of presence (POPs) in Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Wellington, Christchurch, and Dunedin, as well as Sydney.
“As a premium broadband provider, Voyager is dedicated to providing the best possible customer experience, from excellent support through to a fast, reliable connection,” Woodhouse said. “This investment in strengthening our network will ensure Voyager customers continue to have the best connectivity available, whether at home or work.”
According to a recent report (pdf) from the Commerce Commission, the average monthly data usage per connection rose to 330GB in 2021, up 16 percent from 284GB the previous year.
Fibre uptake in particular has grown rapidly with the Commission predicting that by 2023, 87 percent of Kiwis will have access to a fibre connection.