Stratanet’s old vs new pricing plans – July 2017

There appears to be a bit of confusion out there about how Stratanet’s pricing plans are being changed for the new release of July’s higher network speeds. Here it all is, laid out in a table for you all to plainly see:

Old Plan Old Data Old Speed Old Monthly   New Plan New Data New Speed New Monthly
Rural Micro 10GB 1.5Mb/s $46
Rural Micro + 5GB 6Mb/s $69
Rural Micro Max 10GB 6Mb/s $74.75   Turbo 10 10GB 6Mb/s $50
Nitro 10 10GB 10Mb/s $70
Rural Mini 30GB 3Mb/s $80.5
Rural Mini + 30GB 6Mb/s $90.85   Turbo 30 30GB 6Mb/s $70
Nitro 30 30GB 10Mb/s $80
Ultra 30 30GB 30Mb/s $90
Rural Turbo 40GB 6Mb/s $103.5
Rural Turbo + 50GB 6Mb/s $113.85
Nitro 50 50GB 10Mb/s $90
Ultra 50 50GB 30Mb/s $100
Rural Turbo Max 60GB 6Mb/s $138
Nitro 100 100GB 10Mb/s $110
Ultra 100 100GB 30Mb/s $120
Rural Turbo Unlimited Unlimited GB 6Mb/s $172.5
Nitro Max Unlimited GB 10Mb/s $150
Ultra Max Unlimited GB 30Mb/s $200

The plans shown in italics are the like for like replacements – which as you can see, all drop directly in cost.

Other options within those bands are for higher speeds with the same data allowance, and all come *within* the previous costings.

Every single plan which is being offered is *better value* than their older plan options. You get more data, and/or more speed for less money.

StrataNet to Revise Internet Plans in Ahuroa

As many of your will know, StrataNet is an active internet service provider in the Ahuroa area, and has been for a number of years. Prior to us being there, the only alternative was dial-up speeds on the copper network – which was a frustration for the local residents. Many of you have been in the area for quite some time and may well remember this, and when we first started providing our services to the Ahuroa region.

Back then, we brought speeds of 3-6 Mb/s, which for the time was considered to be very fast for a rural area. However, times change and we all know that by today’s standards this may not suffice for busy households where families are streaming video, downloading, making calls etc – all at the same time. This is why we’ve been working extremely hard over the last year to upgrade our infrastructure to support faster speeds in the area. This is a very time consuming  and costly process which has not been easy – we were expecting to roll out faster plans at the start of this year, but that turned out to be a little too optimistic.

It comes with great excitement to announce that we are now completing the final steps to provide faster speeds to the area – and by the end of July we will be able to offer 30 Mb/s plans to the Ahuroa region. This is five times what we currently have on offer! We’ve had a couple of people testing these plans since mid-last week, and we’ve been very happy with the results.

The difficulty has come in trying to keep our pricing competitive, and this is not easy as we have zero government or external funding – all the while trying to remain community focused. We’ve put a great deal of thought into our new plans, and we’ve come up a pricing structure that we hope can suit everyone. As of finalising the plans last week, we’re now ready to publicly announce these. While they are not available just yet, we decided we’d like to share what we will have on offer come late July:

Plan – Data (GB), Speed up to (download) – Price (monthly)

  • Turbo 10 – 10GB, 6Mb/s – $50
  • Turbo 30 – 30GB, 6Mb/s – $70
  • Nitro 10 – 10GB, 10Mb/s – $70
  • Nitro 30 – 30GB, 10Mb/s – $80
  • Nitro 50 – 50GB, 10Mb/s – $90
  • Nitro 100 – 100GB, 10Mb/s – $110
  • Nitro Max – Unlimited GB, 10Mb/s – $150
  • Ultra 30 – 30GB, 30Mb/s – $90
  • Ultra 50 – 50GB, 30Mb/s – $100
  • Ultra 100 – 100GB, 30Mb/s – $120
  • Ultra Max – Unlimited GB, 30Mb/s – $200

Prices listed above are inclusive of GST.

We will be removing our older 3 Mb/s and 1.5 Mb/s plans, with of course the new offer of 30 Mb/s. If you’re happy with your current plan and would like to keep it, then that won’t be a problem either.

We hope that this information comes as good news to you, and if you are not already a StrataNet customer then we’d love to chat with you to see if we can get service to your home. So feel free to give us a call on 0800 030 004, or email us at with your home address and some basic contact details.

Kind regards,

The team at StrataNet.

Edit: here’s a nicely laid out comparison between old and new plans for those who were getting confused online saying that they’re charging more?…

StrataNet to Increase Internet Speeds

Hi everyone,

Whether you are an existing StrataNet customer or are considering joining our network, you will probably be interested to learn that we have faster plans coming soon!

We are going to be offering new “Ultra” wireless plans with speeds of up to 30 Mb/s download and 10 Mb/s upload. While we can’t yet give exact timeframes of when your area will be upgraded, we are going to start trials in the next few weeks. We’re hoping to have the upgrades rolled out network-wide by the end of this year – we will email you when this service becomes available to you.

Ideally, most of our customers will be able to receive our new Ultra plans once they go live, however in some cases your dish may need to be upgraded. We will have a better idea if your equipment needs upgrading at the conclusion of our trials – we’ll let you know if this is the case for your address.

We are also working hard to improve network reliability and consistency. A few pockets of areas have been experiencing slow-downs in peak times which will soon be resolved. We are currently rebuilding our network from the ground up, which will give us both greater capacity and reliability when the new network goes live.

For further updates, please check out our Facebook page ‘StrataNet NZ’ ( or our Twitter feed on @StrataNetNZ ( and we will endeavor to post our progress.

We thank you for your attention and we look forward to delivering you the next generation of wireless internet!

Kind regards, The team at StrataNet.
Richard Mahoney <>

Email: <> or call 0800 030 004 for more information.

SPARK upgraded their cell coverage of the Ahuroa area today.

Spark went live with their cellular upgrade at the base of Woodcocks Hill today.

It is reported that a resident of Ahuroa Rd now has 4 of 5 bars of signal while on the Spark network.

A cellular speedtest tonight shows the following speeds (taken from that point on Ahuroa Road):

Test Date: 13/09/2016 9:25 PM
Download: 19.99 Mbps
Upload: 3.25 Mbps
Ping: 36 ms
Connection Type: Cellular

However, this is showing as only 3G, and not 4G coverge yet – which may be considered a little dissapointing. – We’re unsure if today’s state of the network is the final state or whether there might be further enhancements due.

As we get further, solid information through we’ll share it with you.

Auckland Council Rural Broadband Survey

Kia Ora,

In December 2015 we sent you an invitation to complete a survey on Rural Broadband because many of you have told us that the access you have to broadband at home is simply not good enough. This is a concern, and something that we would like to help you address.

One of the big challenges is knowing where and what the problems are. That is why we have put together the short survey that is structured around your home broadband connection. The questions are designed to help us understand where and what the issues are that people living in rural Auckland experience.

This information will help us work with government and the telecommunications industry to help inform broadband solutions and network planning.

We encourage you to complete the survey and share the link below with your community.

Please use the contact details below to get in touch if you would like a hard copy.

The survey will stay open until Friday 4 March 2016, and should take about 10-15 minutes to complete. Thank you in advance for your help.

Thanks with appreciation,

Ngā mihi maioha,

Auckland Council | Chief Planning Office
Call Centre Phone: 09 301 0101
Auckland Council, Level 24, 135 Albert Street, Auckland 1010
Private Bag 92300, Victoria Street West, Auckland 1142

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