New internet provider to 'shake up' industry
Tue, 08 May 2012 3:12p.m.
By Imogen Crispe
A new internet service provider is promising to give New Zealanders "greater access" to the web.
Fyx, which launched at 9:00am this morning, is offering customers a service called Global Mode which allows users to access overseas sites usually only available to users from their country of origin.
Sites which are currently not available for New Zealand use include US video streaming sites Netflix and Hulu, and BBC's iPlayer.
Chief Fyx-er Andrew Schick says the group who started the ISP "wanted to go out and do something different and something people wanted".
He says until now there has been limited online access for New Zealand users.
"Internet here in New Zealand is so limited compared to what you can access overseas.
"There are a lot of people who are quite upset about that."
Mr Schick says many people here are already accessing things illegally and Fyx can help stop that.
"We're doing everything we can to legally allow access to the world."
But Mr Schick would not give examples of the sorts of things people may be able to access using the Global Mode.
"We're very clear and specifically decided we aren't going to get into that."
Mr Schick says once a user is signed up with Fyx, Global Mode is automatically on, but only actually starts working when users access an overseas site.
He says it will not affect performance and users should get download speeds as fast as their lines will allow - up to ADSL 2+.
Fyx has a pay-as-you-go pricing system which means users only pay for what they use, with a per GB of 34c on top of a monthly base fee of $34.34 or naked broadband for $59.34, a payment method used by other ISP's like Xnet.
InternetNZ chief executive Vikram Kumar says the launch of Fyx could shake up the ISP market.
"It's what 2degrees did to the mobile market," he says. "I think there'll be a lot of people interested."
But Mr Kumar says the issue with using proxies to access international content like Netflix, is those international websites may have terms and conditions saying only users from the country of origin are allowed use the website.
He says it looks like Fyx will not take any responsibility for users who break terms and conditions.
"It's the customer's problem to make sure they respect the terms and conditions of a website," Mr Kumar says.
"[Fyx] will get you to that website much more efficiently and help you break those terms and conditions, but it's actually your problem and your responsibility."
He says often overseas websites have access restrictions because of copyright issues, although people in New Zealand are already using these sites with no problems, such as the US iTunes store and BBC iPlayer.
Mr Kumar says people are already using proxy services in New Zealand.
"Anyone who is of a technical bent of understanding can do that very easily."
He suspected school children used them to get around blocked websites.
"I can imagine most school kids have figured it out, often to by pass school settings to get on Twitter or Facebook."
But he does not think the average person uses proxies.
Mr Kumar also worries about the speed of the service, if it ends up being popular.
"It probably will attract quite a few of the very heavy users which means the speed per user may be under pressure."
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12/05/2012 10:27:52 p.m.
David H wrote:
And what happens when they get shut down???? Who disappears with all the cash sounds like another overpriced rip off.
12/05/2012 4:39:41 p.m.
simon leslie wrote:
Is this the same as overplay.com?
10/05/2012 3:23:33 a.m.
TO COMPARE: I'm a Kiwi in Taiwan, and I pay $38.70 a month for unlimited broadband... The speed is something like a maximum of 12 megabytes a second - with a minimum of 3 megabytes a second (sorry, I don't know the standard speeds, but mine seems quite fast; it's No.2 of five speeds available, ie - not the slowest... The fastest is 100mb a second, with a min of 10mb a sec)... I hope this helps my fellow country-people compare!
9/05/2012 12:30:07 p.m.
How are they shaking it up ? Still offering data caps and over price bandwidth.
8/05/2012 4:20:44 p.m.
can't wait to change ISPs
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