UPDATED: Orcon will also launch a Steam content server in the next few weeks.
Announced this week on Twitter, the company confirmed today it would launch a Steam content server in New Zealand.
Orcon told NBR it would be added to the company's O Zone, a set of sites from which uploaded or downloaded content does not count towards a users' data cap.
This meant downloads from Steam would not add to users' data caps, Orcon said.
In the past the company had to stop unmetered access to TVNZ On Demand, due to what it said was a technical change in the way TVNZ delivered content. This meant Orcon could not distinguish between TVNZ content and other content, the company said.
TelstraClear will launch a New Zealand-based Steam content server providing unmetered access to its broadband customers and improved speeds.
The online game platform Steam allows users to purchase and download more than 1100 games straight to any computers.
It also allows users to chat with each other in-game and has automatic game updates, meaning patches for those games that need it (such as the ill-fated Knights of the Old Republic 2) are installed automatically.
TelstraClear has announced it will launch a New Zealand-based content server in the next month which will improve speeds, and will provide unmetered access for its residential broadband customers.
TelstraClear consumer head Steve Jackson said in a release that Steam’s services used a lot of data.
“There are often a couple of million users on the service at any one time and sometimes more than four million – about the population of New Zealand.”
However TelstraClear has warned that the way Steam’s client works, the company can not guarantee that Steam will not redirect customers to another server occasionally, which would contribute to a user’s data cap.
Mr Jackson advised customers to keep an eye on their online usage meter but said most of the time, data would come from the content server.
“We’ll soon have our Steam server online. With unmetered access for TelstraClear residential customers using the TelstraClear Steam content server, people can download and play games online without it adding to their data use.”