Tech News and Opinions (by Paul Spain)


First Ultra Fast Broadband (Fibre) prices for Auckland and Christchurch

, posted: 11-Feb-2012 21:41

Today the NZ Tech Podcast NZ UFB page was updated. The big news is the first pricing for residential (and business) Ultra Fast Broadband (UFB) services in the Auckland and Christchurch regions has been made public. This first pricing comes from WorldNet - an Auckland based Internet Service Provider (ISP) who quietly put the information online in recent days.

As first mover WorldNet have the opportunity to dictate initial market pricing. Based on WorldNet's ADSL pricing compared with other ISPs it's likely there will be some variance when others start announcing pricing in the coming weeks.

WorldNet (Auckland, Christchurch) - residential UFB packages:

  1. 30Mb/s (down), 10Mb/s (up), 10G data, 1 phone line: $69.95
  2. 30Mb/s (down), 10Mb/s (up), 50G data, 1 phone line: $79.95
  3. 30Mb/s (down), 10Mb/s (up), 100G data, 1 phone line: $89.95
  4. 30Mb/s (down), 10Mb/s (up), 150G data, 1 phone line: $99.95
  5. 30Mb/s (down), 10Mb/s (up), 200G data, 1 phone line: $109.95
  6. 30Mb/s (down), 10Mb/s (up), 250G data, 1 phone line: $119.95
  7. 30Mb/s (down), 10Mb/s (up), 300G data, 1 phone line: $129.95

    WorldNet (Auckland, Christchurch) - business UFB packages:

    1. 30Mb/s (down), 10Mb/s (up), 50G data, 1 phone line: $99
    2. 30Mb/s (down), 10Mb/s (up), 100G data, 1 phone line: $119
    3. 30Mb/s (down), 10Mb/s (up), 200G data, 1 phone line: $189
    4. 100Mb/s (down), 50Mb/s (up), 350G data: $299
    5. 100Mb/s (down), 50Mb/s (up), 550G data: $439

    Pricing for Whangarei has been available for sometime as UFB has been available in the region since last year.

    Ubergroup (Whangerei) - residential and business UFB packages:

    1. 50Mb/s (up/down), 150GB data, 1 phone line: $99
    2. 50Mb/s (up/down), 250GB data, 1 phone line: $199

    More detailed coverage can be found on the original NZ Tech Podcast page covering UFB in NZ. Also, be sure to check out NZ Tech Podcast - Episode 43 where John Greenhough - CTO of Crown Fibre Holdings was interviewed.



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    Comment by Dion McKenna, on 12-Feb-2012 07:28

    Should there not be some consistencies in the prices and speeds?

    At these prices it would be worth moving to Whangerei just for the internet access that is provided.

    Dion


    Comment by Antonios Karantze, on 12-Feb-2012 07:59

    It would be interesting to see what the 'other' charges are for service, and what the exlusions are.

    UFB is everything new - new network, new ETP on the house, ONT in the house, wiring to it and so on... This hasn't been done across NZ Residential since Saturn cable days and that was interesting to say the least.


    Comment by Antonios Karantze, on 12-Feb-2012 07:59

    It would be interesting to see what the 'other' charges are for service, and what the exlusions are.

    UFB is everything new - new network, new ETP on the house, ONT in the house, wiring to it and so on... This hasn't been done across NZ Residential since Saturn cable days and that was interesting to say the least.


    Comment by Steve Biddle, on 12-Feb-2012 08:38

    I assume you've got the up and down the wrong way around for WorldNet?


    Comment by Stephen Abbot, on 12-Feb-2012 09:08

    Hi, are those up/downs not reversed.

    S


    Comment by codyc1515, on 12-Feb-2012 09:08

    The thing that I found most interesting was the variation in speeds, particularly with WorldNets business plans.


    Author's note by paulspain, on 12-Feb-2012 09:31

    @Steve @Stephen Yes, sorry - those speeds are reversed. Will update shortly.


    Comment by Paul Brislen, on 13-Feb-2012 07:30

    I'd like to see the RSPs reporting their contention ratios etc so we can compare apples with apples. Otherwise we really can't compare value between offers.

    One provider's 100Mbit/s may be vastly more contended than another provider's 30Mbit/s.


    Comment by Andrew Schick, on 13-Feb-2012 10:37

    This may be a dumb question (but my mumma told me there was no such thing, so here goes ...)

    Why are these speeds not symmetrical?


    Comment by Moz, on 13-Feb-2012 11:21

    now to wait for Wellington.. and Telecom.. zzzz


    Comment by Jarrod, on 14-Feb-2012 08:14

    @Andrew - my thoughts would be that there is plenty of Upstream bandwidth, but they will sell symmetrical connections at more of a premium to make more profit on them for those few that require it.


    Comment by David, on 17-Feb-2012 11:45

    WRT WorldNet, what is the difference between residential and business packages (apart from the latter being more expensive)?


    Comment by Terry, on 28-Feb-2012 11:43

    Anyone know if the phone line included is VOiP? I only have Fibre coming into the house so currently with WorldExchange for both Data and Phone over Fibre


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