Broadband competition

October 14th, 2012 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

users are being bombarded with offers of higher , Sky TV discounts, free surfing on unmetered websites and cheaper prices.

And an industry expert says New Zealanders will soon have access to even more data without any great cost increase.

Orcon is leading the charge with a $99-a-month plan that includes unlimited data and national landline calls of up to an hour.

That’s pretty good. I suspect they have some sort of reasonable use policy though for their data.

A year ago, customers on Vodafone’s Ultimate package paid about $120 for 30 gigabytes of data and anytime national toll calls.

Now their data limit has been lifted to 80GB – at no extra cost.

Telecom has also increased its 30GB data allowance to 50GB – also at no extra cost.

That’s good from both.

Telecom’s head of marketing, Chris Thompson, said more of its customers were spending time online and increasing their data use mainly because of the availability of music, video and on-demand TV services.

Among its packages is a 500GB plan for heavy users. “We are also seeing usage increasing on mobile data very strongly as Kiwi take-up of smartphones rapidly increases.”

Orcon’s general manager of retail, Taryn Hamilton, said that three years ago, customers paid $81 for 1GB.

“Now we do 30GB and free national calling for $75, or unlimited data for $99.”

As UFB really hits my expectation is data plans will be TBs not GBs, and hopefully one day NZer kids will say”Daddy/Mummy what was a data cap”.

 

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8 Responses to “Broadband competition”

  1. infused (658 comments) says:

    Apart from UFBs shitty slas, it’s pretty good. We move TB’s on our work connection. It’s about time.

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  2. niggly (831 comments) says:

    I still think $100 a month is way too much (despite the data increases), something around half price (with less data) would be nice eh telcos.

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  3. Flyingkiwi9 (54 comments) says:

    Can’t wait till the days the big, often more reliable firms will be offering unlimited. Then it’ll become 100% who can offer the fastest.

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  4. dime (10,085 comments) says:

    Dime is on fibre. Only one ISP available. Even though chorus do all the work, dimes stuck with world xchange. 70 a month for phone nd 5 gig. Then a dollar a gig.

    Not happy.

    Orcon and slingshot couldn’t help me.

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  5. projectman (226 comments) says:

    An important question, right now, is when Telecom is going to come to the party and exclude TV catchups and legititmate movie downloads etc from the data cap.

    Likely answer: never.

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  6. davidp (3,587 comments) says:

    I double my data on Vodafone for a quota of 160GB a month for a non-onerous payment. There is often a delay between going over the quota and being throttled back. I try and hit the quota with 24 hours to spare, then fire up everything to download as much as I can until throttled. 20-30GB isn’t unusual. Last month I managed to get an extra 79GB for a grand total of 239GB. I was actually having to offload files on to an external drive so that I had enough room to keep BitTorrent running at 100 percent.

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  7. Steve (North Shore) (4,579 comments) says:

    Dumb as it may sound, I am quite happy with Xtra as a home provider. There have been some fuckups in the past with the slackarsed helpdesk, but all is good now.
    My backups are working fine with good speed, just let them run in the background. Some who bitch about speed really need to spend some money instead of running an old Compaq on Win Vista

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  8. ISeeRed (236 comments) says:

    I find this concept of advertising only the cap and not the broadband speed bizarre and the pricing outrageous for a “developed” country like NZ. In Thailand I have 6Mbps and NO CAP for NZ$35 a month. I could switch to a competitor that’s offering 10Mbps for $28 right now if I could be bothered. You tend not to get the advertised speed here, perhaps 80%, but still much way better value than NZ. Internet’s not the only rip-off in NZ either.

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