Network Coverage

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Current Network Coverage

Network Coverage
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Our goal is national coverage and we already cover over three quarters of all New Zealanders (and the north of Rarotonga).
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Cities covered: Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Napier, Whanganui, Palmerston North, Wellington, Greymouth, Christchurch, Dunedin, and Invercargill.
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Rural areas: Roll out is in progress towards our goal of complete national coverage. Wairarapa, North and mid-Canterbury completed.
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Contact us to prioritise the roll out to an area you’re interested in.


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Want Your Own Network Coverage Now?

LoRaWAN is an open specifications network. This sets it apart from other low-power IoT networks like Sigfox, which is wholly proprietary, and future cellular networks like NB-IOT which requires licensed radio spectrum. A vibrant and diverse ecosystem of LoRaWAN networks is growing around the world based on this open nature of the wireless network.

This table provides a high level view of the options. It is based on who owns or pays for the gateway and the servers. LoRaWAN requires network and application servers, which are critical software components controlling the network and applications running on it.

 

Type of Network Gateway Servers Find Out More
Private Yours Yours Check out The Things Network, LPWAN Market, or open source server
Extension Yours KotahiNet See below
Public KotahiNet KotahiNet Coverage of our public network is above

 

Extend Our Public LoRaWAN Network

If you can’t wait for KotahiNet to provide LoRaWAN coverage from its public network in your area, consider buying a gateway and getting coverage immediately- for yourself and, optionally, for others in your area. It’s like your own wifi network but for battery operated sensors over a much larger distance.

How it works

You buy any 868 MHz LoRaWAN gateway compatible with our network. Currently, we recommend the MultiConnect® Conduit™ with an external antenna for covering large areas or the lower cost MultiConnect® Conduit™ AP (which has an internal antenna) for your own use.

You will need to connect the gateway to your Internet connection or we can connect it to our secure cellular network. It also needs a small amount of electricity.

KotahiNet will configure, operate and manage the gateway remotely in addition to providing the servers. This ensures the extended LoRaWAN network is of the same quality, reliability, and interoperability with our public network as if it was our own gateway.

How much it costs

Gateways with a large coverage area cost in the range of $1,000 to $2,500. The cost of the Conduit AP is $500 to $600 and prices of such “micro-gateways” are expected to continue to come down. This means if you are connecting at least a couple of sensors, the cost of having your own micro-gateway could be justified.

There could be some additional monthly operating costs depending on whether your LoRaWAN extension network is purely for your own use or available to others.

How do I start

Contact us to start discussing specifics.
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