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Quicksilver Brings Relief for Rural Farms, Schools

26 May 2004

Quicksilver Brings Relief for Rural Farms and Schools

New Zealand based Internet Service Provider Quicksilver has relaunched its Slipstream internet accelerator product. Slipstream triples the speed of an internet dial up connection without users having to buy new hardware.

Slipstream is particularly useful for rural users with poor telephone connections.

Quicksilver reseller John MacDonald of the Computer Warehouse, Dargaville explains: "Farmers in rural areas are dependent on their internet connection for doing business and communicating with customers and suppliers. Many areas have poor telephone connections and do not have ADSL. By using Slipstream, their internet service is improved by much faster information download. Feed prices, market updates and weather forecasts are delivered in seconds rather than minutes.

MacDonald continues: "Price is also an important factor for farmers. Quicksilver's Slipstream product is more competitive than those offered by many of the other ISP's."

Rural schools are also benefiting from Slipstream. Previously, only two or three students in a computer suite could access the internet at once, as the poor telephone connection slowed the internet to a halt. Now with Slipstream, the whole class can use the internet at the same time. "It speeds up learning and the whole class proceeds at the same rate," says MacDonald.

Slipstream eliminates the need for capital investment in expensive new hardware. Users can access the benefits of the accelerator using their existing dial up modem. Downloading the product from the Quicksilver website is a simple process that takes minutes.

Quicksilver was the first to bring to Slipstream to the New Zealand market. Quicksilver Slipstream is a compression technology from Canadian developer, SlipStream Data. The latest version is also available on a Mac platform.


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