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Topic # 97760 20-Feb-2012 10:03 Send private message

Stephen Fry is here for The Hobbit and moaning about our rubbish broadband on Twitter. 

http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/6446889/Fry-calls-for-Kiwi-broadband-revolt

This is the best bit:

"Rise up, Kiwis and demand better? You wouldn't allow crap roads with pot holes and single file."

Yeah, obviously Mr Fry hasn't done a lot of driving here. 

He also took a shot at Telecom who offered him a modem stick.

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  Reply # 583735 20-Feb-2012 10:25 Send private message

He is right though, my Broadband, also with Telecom, sometimes decides not to connect/randomly drops out for no reason. Finally somebody who actually says what he is thinking, good on him.

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  Reply # 583739 20-Feb-2012 10:29 Send private message

I agree with him. I've contacted four or five ISPs in the past couple of weeks, trying to get something faster than what I have now but haven't had any luck so far. Most of them are blaming Chorus, of course...

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  Reply # 583747 20-Feb-2012 10:35 Send private message

Without knowing a lot more about his issue I don't think anybody can really comment.

Reality is 80% of NZ homes receive a minimum of 10Mbps DSL sync to the door. If you're not getting this you need to establish why - you're either outside a 10Mbps zone, your house wiring is dodgy (single biggest contributor to speed issues), or your ISP is hopeless.




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  Reply # 583748 20-Feb-2012 10:41 Send private message

I agree, ADSL upload speed in NZ is the same as ADSL upload in the UK/almost anywhere else.  If you're trying to upload some HD video it'll be 'slow' regardless

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  Reply # 583760 20-Feb-2012 10:54 Send private message

He'd be on hotel broadband or renting a house somewhere?




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  Reply # 583761 20-Feb-2012 10:54 Send private message

Behodar: I agree with him. I've contacted four or five ISPs in the past couple of weeks, trying to get something faster than what I have now but haven't had any luck so far. Most of them are blaming Chorus, of course...


Waiting for a VDSL connection, two weeks since we were supposed to go and it seems it is Chorus that is holding things up.

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  Reply # 583769 20-Feb-2012 11:07 Send private message

crackrdbycracku: Stephen Fry is here for The Hobbit and moaning about our rubbish broadband on Twitter. 

http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/6446889/Fry-calls-for-Kiwi-broadband-revolt

This is the best bit:

"Rise up, Kiwis and demand better? You wouldn't allow crap roads with pot holes and single file."

Yeah, obviously Mr Fry hasn't done a lot of driving here. 

He also took a shot at Telecom who offered him a modem stick.

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Yeah yeah, i bet you can go to central London or New York and have a similar problem.  

One celebrity complainer is hardly representative and this is unfair to telecom but I understand the frustration of where he's coming from . 

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  Reply # 583770 20-Feb-2012 11:09 Send private message

sbiddle: Without knowing a lot more about his issue I don't think anybody can really comment.

Reality is 80% of NZ homes receive a minimum of 10Mbps DSL sync to the door. If you're not getting this you need to establish why - you're either outside a 10Mbps zone, your house wiring is dodgy (single biggest contributor to speed issues), or your ISP is hopeless.


Who is providing the Internet for him? Or is it for the set? What plan? How many users? What hardware do they have routing there? 

It's all strange - the problem could well be inside their offices/set.

Also, he is not saying anything new. We all know we need more action in this front.

There's RIGHT NOT a conference in Auckland called The Future With High Speed Broadband. They are streaming it live. Who is watching? Or are people just complaining and not doing anything? Who is checking their wiring to completely eliminate in-the-building problems? Who is using a decent router?

 




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  Reply # 583771 20-Feb-2012 11:10 Send private message

And since when did 10mbit become the holy grail




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  Reply # 583773 20-Feb-2012 11:12 Send private message

Beccara: And since when did 10mbit become the holy grail


It's the holy grail because many people are not getting it today, for no fault of the provider in most cases. People who neglected to have internal wiring checked/fixed, use cheap routers with low packet switch capabilities, etc, etc, etc.
 




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  Reply # 583797 20-Feb-2012 11:49 Send private message

sbiddle: Without knowing a lot more about his issue I don't think anybody can really comment.

Reality is 80% of NZ homes receive a minimum of 10Mbps DSL sync to the door. If you're not getting this you need to establish why - you're either outside a 10Mbps zone, your house wiring is dodgy (single biggest contributor to speed issues), or your ISP is hopeless.





+1 - guarrantee he is in one of Sir Peter's rentals and it will have crappy wiring.

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  Reply # 583833 20-Feb-2012 12:30 Send private message

Just another moaning celebrity. Not a new issue. Most be a british thing... John Cleese likes to have a moan too. Buck up Stephen, this is just how it is.

...Although I did like him in the new Sherlock Holmes movie lol.

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  Reply # 583860 20-Feb-2012 13:16 Send private message

Just heard it rehashed on the news, they said his internet slows down regularly and randomly drops. Its obviously a fluctuating noise margin, which could be line problem or house wiring. Chances are that he was advised to get a central filter installed but preferred to get some publicity for himself. I'm hoping its not a british thing??




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  Reply # 583862 20-Feb-2012 13:22

Reading his most recent tweets, it sounds like he exceeded his monthly data cap and was throttled back to dialup speed - hardly suprising.

(I must be one of the lucky ones, as I get ~18Mbps download speeds fairly consistently.  But then again, the cabinet is <100m away from the front door)

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  Reply # 583914 20-Feb-2012 14:42 Send private message

Broadband in the UK though is no better than NZ's in terms of speed and connectivity. Perhaps he should use testra cable, if he is in wellington.

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