- Is UFB battery backed up, ie designed to work during a power cut or when mains power is off to an area?
- What ISPs do people recommend for UFB?
- Can I put the equipment in my ceiling cavity? It gets a bit warm up there during the summer, but I could install some vents.
I'm in Johnsonville, Wellington, with an older house. Power, phone, and TelstraClear cable are all overhead connections, so I expect this one will be too. They can cut off all phone lines as they're unused, but not the TelstraClear cable which I'd only get rid of once UFB is working properly.
UFB plans after a quick investigation:
Snap: $75/month for 100GB and a phone line of some kind. Installation charges vary, modem included if you go for a 2 year contract.
Orcon: $89/month for 60GB, includes phone line and national calling. Includes Orcon genius modem/WiFi router. Installation charges may vary. 12 month fixed term.
Telecom: $95 for 80GB, includes modem and installation. I've not used them in years, but their performance and service was ok when I used them about a decade ago.
Vodafone: not advertised yet, shame as I'm happy enough with them/TelstraClear in general, so long as I don't have to talk to them. If they offered UFB I'd probably stick with them (hint to Vodafone/TC staff to invite me to a trial).
Reliable service is most important to me, and decent support when I need it. I don't want a tiny ISP - an ISP with decent backhaul to service the connection and resources to solve problems. Vodafone/TC have been great for backhaul, and their service while not great has been good enough. I'd rather not sign up for more than a year, just in case the performance or service is terrible.
Looking at TrueNet tests, Snap seems to have much faster web page download times than Telecom, with Orcon midway. Snap and Orcon have good web page ratings, that have improved a lot recently, Telecom have ok speeds but getting worse. Snap and Orcon both beat Telecom for latency.
Thoughts or experience all very welcome :)