Randomly checked speeds on speedtest.net this morning and got a pleasant surprise. Download speeds more than trebled from previous max of 5Mbps to 17Mbps (fastest so far).
I gave Telecom/Chorus a pat on the back in a recent post (http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=39&topicid=108885) when they fixed my cabling issues promptly and cheerfully. I remember the Chorus guy saying something about them working on a new cabinet down the road on SH1 (less than a km away) that might improve my speeds sometime in the near future but gave it no further thought. Anyway, I have no idea why/how (it doesn't seem to be part of any planned upgrade that I can find on the internet) but I now (sometime in the last few days) have faster download speeds!! I'm happier . This is semi-rural on outskirts of Paraparaumu, Kapiti Coast.