Can you connect to Mid Canterbury's
ultra-fast fibre network?

EA Networks Fibre broadband network

Ultra-fast fibre-optic broadband is the future of the Internet.  Fast, reliable, high-quality Internet access adds value to your home, business or farm.

EA Networks has been developing a fibre-optic broadband network in Mid Canterbury since 2008. We have now installed more than 520km of direct access fibre, so that anywhere we have fibre in Mid Canterbury, you can connect.

Our fibre-optic network was designed to connect electricity substations, enabling smart-grid applications, remote control and fault protection systems for improved reliability. We then increased capacity, so that businesses and residents on the network route could connect to our ultra-fast broadband.

EA Networks’ fibre network delivers base speeds of up to 30Mb/second. We can also provide access speeds over 1Gb/second if required and Dark Fibre to those wanting total control.

Are you ready to unleash the possibilities of fibre to your home, business or farm?  Check your address!

Read on to discover how you can connect to our world-class network.

Connect to Fibre

Find out if you can connect to our world-class fibre optic network here.

How much will it cost to connect?

Connection costs depend on a number of factors, including the distance between your home or business and the network. Before we confirm the final cost, we will visit your address.

EA Networks subsidises the cost of fibre connections, investing in the Mid Canterbury economy and community.

What will my monthly internet usage cost?

Retail Service Providers set charges for broadband and telephone services.
Click here for further details.

Who do I contact if I need help or if there is a connection problem?

If you need any help with your connection, contact your Retail Service Provider.

How do I get an ultra-fast connection if I’m not on the EA network?

Extending fibre-optic cable to remote properties can be expensive. However, sometimes you can share this cost with neighbours.

If you are interested in having fibre-optic cable extended to your property, fill in this expression of interest form and let’s see what we can do.

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Fibre Retailers

EA Networks’ open-access fibre network enables our Retail Service Providers to supply businesses and residents with ultra-fast broadband and services.

To connect, contact one of the Retail Service Providers below.

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Ultimate Broadband | www.ultimatebroadband.co.nz
Contact Ultimate Broadband on 0800 000 945
Vocus Communications | www.vocus.co.nz
Contact Vocus Communications on (04) 498 9640
Amuri.Net | www.amuri.net
Contact Amuri.net on 0800 002 643 or (03) 315 8388
Solarix | www.solarix.net.nz
Contact Solarix on (09) 974 4750
2degrees | www.2degreesmobile.co.nz
Contact 2degrees on 0800 022 022
dts | www.dtsanz.com
Contact dts on 0508 387 669 or 64 4 918 0160

Business providers

Ultimate Broadband | www.ultimatebroadband.co.nz
Contact Ultimate Broadband on 0800 000 945
Vocus Communications | www.vocus.co.nz
Contact Vocus Communications on (04) 498 9640
Amuri.Net | www.amuri.net
Contact Amuri.net on 0800 002 643 or (03) 315 8388
Solarix | www.solarix.net.nz
Contact Solarix on (09) 974 4750
2degrees | www.2degreesmobile.co.nz
Contact 2degrees on 0800 022 022
dts | www.dtsanz.com
Contact dts on 0508 387 669 or 64 4 918 0160

Residential providers

Ultimate Broadband | www.ultimatebroadband.co.nz
Contact Ultimate Broadband on 0800 000 945
Amuri.Net | www.amuri.net
Contact Amuri.net on 0800 002 643 or (03) 315 8388

About Us

As your community-owned electricity company, EA Networks tailors our network and services to meet your needs. We have local people on the ground and at the end of the phone. We keep our profits local too, reinvesting in Mid Canterbury businesses and communities.

EA Networks has been connecting our community to ultra-fast, reliable fibre-optic broadband for over five years. We have installed more than 520km of direct access urban and rural fibre, including:

  • Ashburton
  • Mt Somers
  • Rakaia
  • Hinds
  • Mayfield
  • Chertsey
  • Lake Hood

We are still installing fibre optic cables as we shift electricity cables underground. If you are looking for an ultra-fast broadband connection in your area, get in touch. We invite expressions of interest, so we can work with property owners to expand our network.

The spread and quality of EA Networks’ rural broadband network is leading the way,  nationally and internationally. In fact, Digital Development Associates believe we have the best rural broadband infrastructure in the world!

“There are huge benefits in dealing with a local business for something as crucial as your internet connection. I have a great relationship with them; nothing’s ever been an issue.”

Blair Watson, Electraserve General Manager

Connecting our community

EA Networks has been instrumental in delivering ultra-fast fibre optic access to all Ministry of Education-listed schools in Mid Canterbury.

Access to high-speed internet is crucial for today’s learning environment.

Delivering our fibre optic network to every school, including rural schools, keeps our district at the forefront of education, setting up our children for success.

EA Networks delivers fibre optic access services to:

Rural Schools:
  • Ashburton Christian School
  • Carew Peel Forest School
  • Chertsey School
  • Dorie School
  • Fairton School
  • Hinds School
  • Lauriston School
  • Longbeach School
  • Mayfield School
  • Methven School
  • Mt Hutt College
  • Mt Somers Springburn School
  • Our Lady of the Snow’s School
  • Rakaia School
  • Wakanui School
Urban Schools:
  • Ashburton College
  • Ashburton Intermediate
  • Ashburton Borough School
  • Allenton School
  • Hampstead School
  • St Joseph’s School
  • Tinwald School
  • Netherby School

Why you need fibre

Video streaming, downloads and business connectivity becomes faster and easier

Fibre to your  Farm

Give your farm a business edge in productivity, technology and recruitment potential. Don’t let rural living hold you back.

Fibre for business

Incredible value and productivity for your business. Unleash possibilities such as:

Fibre at Home

Connecting to EA Networks Fibre will do more than speed up your web browsing. Experience a new world of entertainment and communications:

Why is fibre better than satellite, wireless and mobile broadband?

Speed

Fibre internet is incredibly fast, with access speeds from 1Mbit/s to 10Gbit/s (10,000Mbits/s) or more.

Our network delivers base speeds of up to 25Mb/second for residential customers and 30Mb/second for business customers. We can also provide access speeds over 1Gb/second and Dark Fibre to those wanting total control.

Quality

The quality of fibre internet is vastly superior to technologies such as copper, wireless or satellite. The quality of your connection will never be affected by distance or electromagnetic interference.

Reliability

Unlike traditional copper broadband, your speed is not affected by your proximity to the closest exchange. This means consistently fast internet speeds and crystal clear telephone services every time.

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Contact Us

Office and deliveries:
22 JB Cullen Drive
Ashburton Business Estate
Ashburton 7772

Postal:
Private Bag 802
Ashburton 7740
New Zealand

Phone:
Tel: 0800 430 460 (within NZ)
Tel: (03) 307 9800
Fax: (03) 307 9801



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