Satellite “consistently outperformed” traditional copper ADSL connectivity across the local rural landscape, according to TrueNet’s recently released March - May 2015 speed test results for rural internet usage.

Following the independent report, New Zealand Internet Service Provider Wireless Nation believes the study offers “demonstrable evidence” of satellite’s advantages.

“We have known for a long time that satellite speeds are better in rural areas, so it’s great to have a study that proves this,” says Tom Linn, Technical Director, Wireless Nation.

“Rural communities’ access to internet connectivity has the potential to transform their business.

“It can impact on their children’s educational outcomes, and also on the ability for people living in rural areas to keep abreast of what is happening around the country.”

TrueNet General Manager John Butt says that the average webpage download time for its satellite sample is comparable to urban copper.

“Satellite is a good option if your connection requires a very long copper line to the nearest exchange equipment,” he adds.

“Off-peak satellite speeds are typically 9-10Mb/s and sometimes better.”

Wireless Nation operates New Zealand satellite broadband for rural Kiwis, using the Optus satellite network with speeds of up to 10Mbps.