Thursday the 30th June 2016 will go down in history as a very big day for the team here at Broadband Compare. It was the day of our official launch held at GridAKL and attended by senior industry figures in the New Zealand telco and broadband sector including the Rt. Hon. Amy Adams, Minister for Communications and representatives from TUANZ, Chorus, InternetNZ, NZ eSports federation and a number of internet service providers both small and large. Check out a few photos of the event here.
The event focussed on introducing the industry to our new, free-to-use, one-stop-shop website where consumers and businesses can see over 2,700 broadband deals on offer from more than 70 internet service providers who are currently operating in New Zealand and recieved coverage in a range of publication including the NZ Herald.
With the number of Kiwis online predicted to grow to 4.4 million by 2020 and as ultra-fast broadband is rolled out throughout the country, the Broadband Compare team feel that the website will become a key tool for internet consumers to find the most suitable broadband plan for their needs.
The event began with an introduction to the founders Gavin Male and Alex Grace and how they had come to found the Broadband Compare website and how consumers could use the tool to find the most suitable plan for their needs. Attendees were impressed by the number of ISP's and broadband plans that were listed within the site as well as it's filtering capacity.
Following Gavin's introduction the first guest speaker was the Rt. Hon. Amy Adams, Minister for Communications in New Zealand who shared some updates on the numbers switching to fibre as well as her agreement for the need for a tool such as Broadband Compare in New Zealand to help consumers find the best broadband plan for their needs.
The final speaker came from one of New Zealand's 'challenger brand' ISP's with Vaughan Baker, MD of MyRepublic sharing his thoughts on the state of the New Zealand Broadband sector, explaining the journey MyRepublic are on in trying to educate consumers about broadband speed options and the need for unlimited data plans whilst also backing the need for consumers to have an easy way to compare broadband plans that suit their needs.
A successful launch event and after a few Q&A's it was time for a few well deserved beers and some industry networking capped off a fantastic launch event. Onwards and upwards now for Broadband Compare you can check out some photos from the event right on Facebook.