I'm currently with Xnet on Fusion, but the new plans didn't thrill me, so I'm looking to shift. I've more or less settled on Telecom's 120GB Total Home package, needing more data than I'm happy paying Xnet for, and preferring to go back to a POTS line than the VOIP line we've got at the moment.
I was getting ready to call Telecom and see what deals they could offer, but decided to check the UFB rollout, just out of interest. I see that my street will be UFB-capable in September, which suggests to me that I should hold off, and make the switch to a new ISP and fibre all at the same time.
So like a good little Geekzoner, I did a bit of trawling through the forums. But I found more questions than answers. Hopefully, someone here can clear up a few things, or point me in the right direction:
1. When fibre is available in my street, can any ISP provide me with a fibre plan, or are there just a few? I suspect the latter, and found http://www.ufb.org.nz that showed a list of fibre providers. Being in Palmerston North, it looks like Orcon are the only ISP that I could connect to fibre with. Is that correct? And if so, does anyone know when other ISPs (e.g. Telecom) are going to offer fibre plans?
2. Looking at the Orcon fibre plan, it looks pretty good. But a downside (for me) is the Orcon Genuis modem thing. It seems that fibre requires VOIP. Is that true? Will all fibre connections require VOIP phones, or will some ISPs continue to offer a "hardline" for phones? I like the idea of a phone that is "always on" rather than being dependent on the internet connection.
3. I saw on another thread someone suggested rewiring the house with cat5e to take advantage of the full speed of fibre. My house is a 1920s bungalow, and while a full re-wire (both comms and power) would be great (and it's on the list of things to do eventually), I can't afford it right now. With fibre plans going up to 100mbits, what kind of speed loss would you see by not rewiring the house? Would the higher speed plans be worth it, or would 30mbits be enough?