This year's Broadband Awards were held by Broadband Compare, New Zealandís leading broadband comparison website, together with TUANZ, the independent membership group representing users of digital connectivity. The ceremony saw Network For Learning, the specialist education sector broadband provider, and Slingshot walk away as the big winners.
The awards recognize excellence in ten different categories across the broadband sector including NZ Wholesaler of the Year, Best Fibre Broadband Provider, Best Bundled Plan, Best Customer Support, Best Service Provider under 10,000 customers, Best Rural Service Provider, Best Broadband Innovation and Best Specialist Broadband Provider.
More than twenty different internet providers made up the finalists across the various categories and saw a range of winners from big established players like Slingshot, Stuff Fibre and 2degrees to the smaller regional focussed providers like NOW, Primo Wireless and megaTEL.
Commenting after the winners were announced, Gavin Male, founder and CEO for Broadband Compare enthused "The second year of the Broadband Compare TUANZ Awards have been a huge success. We were delighted by the quality of entries and number of brands that participated in this yearís award and our judges had a tough task selecting a winner for each category. It was fantastic to see so many people from the Internet and Communications sector come together to celebrate excellence in their sector."
"The broad range of entries and winners this year represent what Broadband Compare and TUANZ advocate for - high quality connectivity across New Zealand at fair, competitive prices. These companies exemplify those qualities and should be commended for their achievements. There are a wealth of different options out there for consumers and businesses."
The broad range of providers that entered the awards reflect the changing landscape in New Zealandís Internet and Communications Technology sector.
Male says, "As New Zealand matures we are seeing better connectivity, greater diversity of products and an increase in competition across the market which gives Kiwis far more choice and possibilities than ever before. We urge everyone to take a few minutes to check their current broadband plan to ensure they are making the most of innovations in technology and great savings. There are lots of great new options out there that consumers may not be aware of."
Male continues "We would like to thank all of our sponsors and entrants, and congratulations again to all of the category winners. We are already looking forward to next year where the awards will be back event bigger and better."
Broadband Compare People's Choice Award 2018 (Sponsored by Broadband Pulse)
TUANZ NZ Broadband Provider of the Year (Sponsored by TUANZ)
NZ Wholesaler of the Year (Sponsored by Crown Infrastructure Partners)
Best Fibre Broadband Provider (Sponsored by Chorus)
Best Bundled Plan (Sponsored by Power Compare)
Best Customer Support (Sponsored by Huawei)
Best Service Provider under 10,000 customers (Sponsored by SLICE Digital)
Best Rural Service Provider (Sponsored by Aurecon)
Best Broadband Innovation (Sponsored by Prysmian)
Best Specialist Broadband Provider (Sponsored by The Side Up)