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Topic # 109302 17-Sep-2012 16:36 Send private message

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Slingshot Fibre connects Kiwis to Ultra-Fast Broadband

Slingshot is once again leading the telco industry as one of the first providers in New Zealand to connect customers to the new Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) network.

Slingshot already offers its customers some of the biggest broadband data plans in the country, and is strengthening its offering with UFB internet speeds up to 10 times faster than that of traditional copper lines.

Slingshot’s Chief Executive, Mark Callander, says that their commitment to providing high speed broadband to New Zealanders will forever change the way we use the internet.

“We believe that high speed internet is a game changer in terms of the way we use the internet and the opportunities it opens up in both the personal and commercial space.
For this reason, Slingshot will continue to invest heavily in the UFB network and the future of New Zealand’s broadband services. We want our customers to enjoy the benefits of high speed fibre without worrying about the cost.”

Slingshot fibre is exceedingly fast, delivering speeds up to 100Mbps. The new fibre plans, which come with a homeline and broadband, also include a number of freebies, from free voicemail, call waiting, to a do-not-disturb function.

Another New Zealand first being unveiled as part of the introduction to UFB is Slingshot’s new data rollover feature, which sees any unused data each month rolled over into the next – ensuring all Slingshot customers get every cent of value out of their internet package.

Callander is excited about the possibilities that UFB is bringing all New Zealanders.

“Fibre at this speed changes your entire experience on the internet. Whether you’re sharing holiday videos and photos with family, video calling friends overseas or streaming online TV and movies, it all becomes instantaneous. It is the next progression of connectivity in this country and as we begin to move forward into faster speeds and bigger data caps it can only be a good thing.”

“It’s an exciting time. Our first fibre customer is now connected and up and running with great speeds and we will be connecting with all of our customers to keep them up to date on when Fibre will be landing in their neighbourhood and how they can get started.” concludes Callander

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*Customers on TURBO plans can expect 3-4 times faster experience at peak times when downloading content from international web sites when compared to non-TURBO plans (which are still very fast). Peak usage times are typically in the evenings from 6pm-10pm. All TURBO plans have higher throughput for downloading from international web sites to ensure a more consistent and better experience at all times of the day. If this is important to you, we recommend you select a TURBO plan.








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  Reply # 687221 17-Sep-2012 16:41 Send private message

Turbo concept is very interesting, will be great to compare experiences of customers on both once it launches. One does wonder how much they will diminish the peak speeds on starter!

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  Reply # 687223 17-Sep-2012 16:45 Send private message

Turbo? hmmm sounds like they will prioritize those paying for "Turbo" over standard users.. wow.. thats fair..

I love the piece at the top of the article though

Slingshot is once again leading the telco industry as one of the first providers in New Zealand to connect customers to the new Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) network.


One of the first?
I'd class Orcon as that, not Slingshot for delaying their pricing already.




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  Reply # 687226 17-Sep-2012 16:48 Send private message

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Slingshot Fibre connects Kiwis to Ultra-Fast Broadband



*Customers on TURBO plans can expect 3-4 times faster experience at peak times when downloading content from international web sites when compared to non-TURBO plans (which are still very fast). Peak usage times are typically in the evenings from 6pm-10pm. All TURBO plans have higher throughput for downloading from international web sites to ensure a more consistent and better experience at all times of the day. If this is important to you, we recommend you select a TURBO plan.


So non-TURBO customers are heavily traffic shaped or have much higher contention rates?

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  Reply # 687228 17-Sep-2012 16:49 Send private message

interesting. so the plans they put up a couple of weeks ago (then took down) equated 'starter' with ADSL2+ speeds, Advanced with normal 30/10 UFB, and Pro with 100/50

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  Reply # 687229 17-Sep-2012 16:50 Send private message

juha:
freitasm: Just received:


Slingshot Fibre connects Kiwis to Ultra-Fast Broadband



*Customers on TURBO plans can expect 3-4 times faster experience at peak times when downloading content from international web sites when compared to non-TURBO plans (which are still very fast). Peak usage times are typically in the evenings from 6pm-10pm. All TURBO plans have higher throughput for downloading from international web sites to ensure a more consistent and better experience at all times of the day. If this is important to you, we recommend you select a TURBO plan.


So non-TURBO customers are heavily traffic shaped or have much higher contention rates?

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I would say so.




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  Reply # 687276 17-Sep-2012 18:17 Send private message

juha: 

So non-TURBO customers are heavily traffic shaped or have much higher contention rates?



All traffic is managed / classified on Slingshot's existing DSL plans in some way, people on AYCE are supposedly in a different bandwidth pool to regular capped plans so I'd espect the same on their fibre plans.



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  Reply # 687285 17-Sep-2012 18:38 Send private message

Wasn't the excuse a month or so ago from Slingshot when they raised the price of the all you can eat plan is that they wouldn't have to data manage anymore on this plan.

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  Reply # 687329 17-Sep-2012 19:10 Send private message

Turbo is a good idea. If you are too cheap to pay for it then don't expect good speeds during peak - simple.





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  Reply # 687334 17-Sep-2012 19:16 Send private message

Data roll over on slingshot fibre will be good.

http://www.slingshot.co.nz/homeline-and-broadband/fibre/fibre-pricing-plans/

...Now, all you'll have to do is choose how fast you want to go and how much data you need each month. Don?t worry if you get the monthly data plan wrong, because any data you don?t use will roll over into the next month ? it?s our great new Data Rollover feature ? another NZ first!..

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  Reply # 687336 17-Sep-2012 19:19 Send private message

andrewcnz: Data roll over on slingshot fibre will be good.

http://www.slingshot.co.nz/homeline-and-broadband/fibre/fibre-pricing-plans/

...Now, all you'll have to do is choose how fast you want to go and how much data you need each month. Don?t worry if you get the monthly data plan wrong, because any data you don?t use will roll over into the next month ? it?s our great new Data Rollover feature ? another NZ first!..


Flip already does data rollover.


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  Reply # 687352 17-Sep-2012 19:27 Send private message

Zeon: Turbo is a good idea. If you are too cheap to pay for it then don't expect good speeds during peak - simple.


the non-turbo kinda makes UFB pointless though don't you think?

I mean, the whole point of getting UFB would be get improved speeds, and it seems like the non-turbo speeds won't really be any different than ADSL (30Mbps on turbo, and if that is "3-4" times faster than non-turbo then non-turbo will be less than 10Mbps, which is what most people's ADSL2 is at today anyway.

Can it even be classed as UFB with that sort of speed restriction?

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  Reply # 687358 17-Sep-2012 19:32 Send private message

NonprayingMantis:
Zeon: Turbo is a good idea. If you are too cheap to pay for it then don't expect good speeds during peak - simple.


the non-turbo kinda makes UFB pointless though don't you think?



Likely domestic and anything coming from caches will still be fast, it's just non cache-able international in peak time that's generally bad/slow on slingshot's budget plans.



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  Reply # 687359 17-Sep-2012 19:37 Send private message

NonprayingMantis: I mean, the whole point of getting UFB would be get improved speeds, and it seems like the non-turbo speeds won't really be any different than ADSL (30Mbps on turbo, and if that is "3-4" times faster than non-turbo then non-turbo will be less than 10Mbps, which is what most people's ADSL2 is at today anyway.

10Mb/s during the evenings? I barely get 2Mb/s on the AYCE plan, and can't remember ever seeing more than 4Mb/s at my parents' on a capped plan.




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  Reply # 687370 17-Sep-2012 19:42 Send private message

Detruire:
NonprayingMantis: I mean, the whole point of getting UFB would be get improved speeds, and it seems like the non-turbo speeds won't really be any different than ADSL (30Mbps on turbo, and if that is "3-4" times faster than non-turbo then non-turbo will be less than 10Mbps, which is what most people's ADSL2 is at today anyway.

10Mb/s during the evenings? I barely get 2Mb/s on the AYCE plan, and can't remember ever seeing more than 4Mb/s at my parents' on a capped plan.


I get 15Mbps off peak, and around 10-12Mbps peak.  (not with slingshot)

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  Reply # 687378 17-Sep-2012 19:58 Send private message

Wow that's cheeky, You'd think that with a service like UFB an ISP would be able to support full speed transit even if it's only domestic. 

When I checked Snaps UFB pricing when it came out it was something like $75 for 30/10 with 25GB base data which is always "turbo" from what I understand Undecided

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