Telecom goes uncapped

April 23rd, 2014 at 2:00 pm by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

has launched a range of “unlimited” broadband plans which do away with monthly data caps.

The plans start from $109 a month on copper-based ADSL and entry-level fibre “ultrafast broadband” services. A $10 discount applies if customers also have an “ultra mobile” plan with the company.

Telecom is also offering uncapped broadband on VDSL copper connections for $119 a month and on 100 megabit-per-second fibre connections for $139 a month.

Retail boss Chris Quin said Telecom might manage traffic from customers who took up the plans, “particularly at peak times”, by prioritising time-sensitive services such as Skype, internet television streaming and online gaming over other services.

This would ensure “the best experience possible for the greatest number of users”, Quin said.

Some smaller internet providers including Slingshot and Orcon also offer uncapped broadband plans, though major rival Vodafone does not.

This is a very welcome move. Having the largest ISP offer some uncapped plans should see many other ISPs do the same. Good to see Telecom taking the initiative – as they also did with mobile roaming rates.

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18 Responses to “Telecom goes uncapped”

  1. mjw (399 comments) says:

    That is really good news.

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  2. emmess (1,432 comments) says:

    What’s the big deal?

    I have been on a naked Slingshot unlimited plan for about 3 years now.
    And just 90 bucks a month including iTalk

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  3. gump (1,661 comments) says:

    >by prioritising time-sensitive services such as Skype, internet television streaming and online gaming over other services.

    There’s no way this will ever happen. Telecom is infamous for introducing jitter and latency to disrupt VOIP services that compete with their telephony business.

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  4. mikemikemikemike (331 comments) says:

    Interesting move, I’m with telecom, good connection speed most if the time. It will be interesting to witness vidafones response.

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  5. leftyliberal (651 comments) says:

    Seriously? Telecom had unlimited plans for cheaper than this back in 2006.

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  6. wreck1080 (3,956 comments) says:

    been there before, failed to deliver .

    Will be interesting to see how it goes second time round.

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  7. berend (1,715 comments) says:

    I’m with a 500GB vodafone plan, and as far as I’m concerned, that’s uncapped. I can finally make backups over the internet now without worry I’m running out of data.

    Next thing to focus on guys: faster international speeds.

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  8. stephen2d (87 comments) says:

    gump, your statement that Telecom introduced anything to disrupt Voip services is absolutely false.

    wreck, those plans of old failed because of the lack of proper fair-use, i.e. underestimating the little Kim Schmitz wannabes illegaly downloading movies day and night. Nowadays it is a bit different and those things (tiny bit) easier to police.

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  9. leftyliberal (651 comments) says:

    @stephen2d: Bullshit – the old plans didn’t fail because of a lack of fair-use at all, or because of a lack of policing. Downloading of television, movies etc. has only increased since 2005, as has the streaming of content. Thus, total bandwidth demand has done nothing but increase steadily.

    What has improved is the competition, but primarily the demand. Nowadays people expect to be able to stream TV in 720p both locally and internationally and think nothing of it.

    Many ISPs have been offering effectively infinite services for years. Snap for example, have offered 260GB/month for $85 for the last few years I’ve been with them. For most people that is effectively infinite. It very rarely drops below 8Mbit/s downstream, and that’s plain ADSLv1 – plenty to stream 720p or higher content. A bunch of other providers offer a similar service at a similar price.

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  10. Ed Snack (1,925 comments) says:

    Might throttle !!?! Surely he means will throttle, and hard. There are people who attempt to download almost non-stop, and local bandwidth is actually limited.

    I just want faster access to come past my door, and also past where I work. It will, and I only hope I’m still alive to enjoy it !

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  11. stephen2d (87 comments) says:

    @leftyliberal: you can believe it or not, but as an ex TNZ I can vouch on it on my life. They (we) were utterly surprised by the unintended consequences and lack of ways to police it that they quietly grandfathered and allowed natural attrition, and for those who resisted they paid them off to terminate contracts.

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  12. gump (1,661 comments) says:

    @stephen2d

    You can believe what you want, but it was standard practice to enable input buffering on the DSLAMs. This improved the apparent performance at the cost of introducing HOL blocking on the customer circuits (resulting in higher OOOD rates).

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  13. wreck1080 (3,956 comments) says:

    I dumped telecom and moved to snap sometime ago.

    Sadly I did not move earlier as a neighbour was saying how good they are but I didn’t think any other provider would be as good.

    But, in the end telecom did a few things to annoy me so I did some serious research on the alternatives and Snap met my requirements more than any other ISP.

    Snap have been absolutely brilliant, easily as reliable as telecom and my speed rarely drops due to congestion. And, they offer unlimited downloads between 1am-7am which is good enough for me.

    Don’t tell anyone though, the less subscribers on snaps network the less bandwidth competition.

    One thing about telecom — they are way to slow to react to the market and to adust their systems. eg, they have been 0 rating customers with tivo for years now becuase they seem technically unable to sort it. And, when I was with telecom, their overcap slowdown would never really work at the end of the billing month . Really, telecom mismanaged their customer bandwidth cap restrictions. For a company with the resources of telecom , you have to ask why?

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  14. Bullitt (141 comments) says:

    I couldn’t care less about more data, I use far less than our cap now. The issue is the speed, I can’t even stream youtube quality let alone TV quality. Telecom doesn’t offer VDSL at our house but does three houses away…

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  15. Anthony (798 comments) says:

    Bullitt, the first thing you need to check is your in-house wiring and make sure that is up to scratch. You should be able to get about 12Mbps running a speed test.

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  16. Colville (2,298 comments) says:

    hmmmm… moving house in a months time…has UFB to the door… will be interesting.

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  17. ROJ (121 comments) says:

    Fibre past the door?

    We’ve had that for a year, but do the telcos want to supply? Its only the cities getting the equipment in the exchanges I suspect. So much for having an independent fibre company getting a govt contract ahead of the big Chorus one.

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  18. Sean (301 comments) says:

    I’m in Singapore. SGD65 a month for unlimited UFB 1Gbps, which includes vpn to allow netflix.

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