Telecom NZ ADSL2 Announcement

By tonyhughes Hughes, in , posted: 10-Mar-2006 21:36

Telecom New Zealand Ltd has announced its plans to roll out ADSL2 broadband services to New Zealanders mid-way through 2006. With speeds of up to 24Mbps, it will eclipse todays consumer broadband speeds of 2Mbps (which are already nearly doubling to 3.5Mbps in April 2006). At time of writing, it is not currently know where the rollout will begin, or exactly what date. Expect to see big announcements over the weekend in mainstream NZ media. Interesting that this announcement comes only weeks before planned speed increases on existing ADSL, which some see as a cynical attempt to avoid local loop unbundling (LLU) here in New Zealand.

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Trackback by Cokemaster, on 10-Mar-2006 23:43

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There is a post in Tony Hughes blog, a Geekzone news post and a forum thread about this.

Personally, I think any speed increase is a good thing. However I must jump on the bandwagon and question the timing of it. It seems that whenever the commerce commission is looking into Telecom, we get these speed increases, or price drops, or connection deals. Maybe a bit overboard but it certainly looks that way sometimes.

In the past ADSL has been out of reach for a lot of people and when the prices have come down, so too has the speed which is an annoyance for many. I'm not really going to debate the speeds too much, other than the point that if we aren't really hitting the max speed on ADSL now... what will ADSL2 offer us?

Only recently have we been 'graced' with 2mbps plans (with a tiny 192kbps upload or is it 128kbps)... yet ADSL is capable of pumping out 7mbps or so (correct me if I'm wrong). I know speed does drop off from the exchange and that if everyone was downloading 7mbps there would be problems... but the reality is that we have never really hit that level for home users.

The data caps aren't much better. Why don't we have lower speeds and either better data caps or no data caps at all? Thats why I opted for Orcons 256kbps/128kbps true flatrate. Sure the speed isn't as nice as a 2mbps (Or is it soon to be 3.1mbps) down connection... but at least I don't have to look at the data counter when I'm streaming audio from internet radio, video chatting, voice chatting, downloading large iso images usually linux, and playing games.

While I don't think LLC is the best way at all. It certainly is an option. I guess that puts me in the Telescum camp, so be it. I enjoyed paying $20 NZD a month for a 2mbps/1mbps ADSL flatrate connection in China. I enjoyed getting a nice 5mbps up and down connection in Korea (wireless and free) while I was waiting for a connecting flight.

Don't get me wrong, I am more than willing to pay for internet/phone services, but they need to be reasonable and also be reasonably priced.

Author's note by tonyhughes, on 11-Mar-2006 09:24

Perhaps this year will see our broadband situation -really- change ?

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