Telecom Broadband on Sunday

By Steve Biddle, in , posted: 18-Mar-2007 19:51

So we have yet another TV show investigating why broadband in NZ is so shocking.. It's a shame Internet NZ head Colin Jackson can't even tell the difference between a TCL cabinet and a Telecom one. I'm sure TCL will love you pulling the top off a roadside cabinet, interfering with their network and saying it's unused Telecom fibre.

Telecom's First Media network was rolled out in some Wgtn suburbs including Northland, Mt Victoria, Wadestown and Thorndon. It was also rolled out in Whitby, Lower Hutt CBD and Silverstream. The HFC network in Whitby and the Hutt CBD was all underground and is unused. The HFC network in the Wgtn suburbs and Silverstream was pulled down after protests from the residents associations who disagree with the overhead cables. It's a shame that somebody who considers himself an expert on the matter can't even get basic facts correct.

UPDATE: I've got a picture below of a TCL cabinet (left) and Telecom cabinet used for their First Media network which are still in a lot of places around Lower Hutt and Whitby

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Comment by mclayma, on 18-Mar-2007 20:39

Colin May be wanting to join the Herald and I guess from tonights performance the offer is not to far away. Ha ha

Comment by Tamar, on 19-Mar-2007 00:16

ha - yes this may be the case lol

Comment by juha, on 19-Mar-2007 08:25

Apparently that is a Telecom cabinet. Anyone there on the ground who can say for sure to which telco it belongs?

Author's note by sbiddle, on 19-Mar-2007 08:42

It's definately a TCL cabinet Juha. The Telecom ones are small round green things that are everywhere in Lower Hutt and Whitby.

Author's note by sbiddle, on 19-Mar-2007 08:43

The grey trunking next to it running up the pole covering the cabling is also a dead giveaway.

Comment by juha, on 19-Mar-2007 12:25

Missed the programme, and the clip on TVNZ's site doesn't show Colin flippin' the cabinet lid.

Anyway, I asked TCL and they say it's a Telecom cabinet.

Author's note by sbiddle, on 19-Mar-2007 16:53

It's definately a TCL box Juha - it's a worry if TCL can't tell the difference. There is quite clearly a TCL phone box in there and Telecom never installed any copper just the HFC cable. The voiceover from John Hudson quite clearly says "like this saturn cable in Wellinton" - the problem is Colin Jackson infers it's Telecom fibre.

Comment by Jama, on 19-Mar-2007 17:01

Quite disgusting really.. Willful damage of private property. A criminal offence!

Comment by Zach, on 19-Mar-2007 17:20

So that's what those are...

Comment by bradstewart, on 19-Mar-2007 17:22

The clip has been posted here for you to take a close look at

Comment by bradstewart, on 19-Mar-2007 17:24

Hmm try here:

Comment by Aloha, on 19-Mar-2007 23:21

So it's a Telecom or TCl then?

Author's note by sbiddle, on 20-Mar-2007 06:21

Definately TCL.

TCL also use black on yellow for numbering whereas Telecom use white on black to avoid any confusion should they ever use the same cabinets.

Comment by juha, on 23-Mar-2007 11:29

Confirmed it was a TCL cabinet...

Comment by CrispinMullins, on 26-Mar-2007 09:46

It may be embarrassing, but it doesn't affect the message...

Comment by stu161204, on 26-Mar-2007 15:28

Those small round green things (Telecom's First Media network) are also around South / East Auckland as well.

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