Although many vendors are still on holiday, with call centres maintaining a skeleton staff, I decided to make a start early in the new year towards getting UFB at home. Our ISP is Orcon currently, and we're using their naked ADSL2+ service with an Orcon Genius VoIP router for our home phone and broadband connection. Currently I'm satisfied with the service we've been getting from Orcon, and I intend to subscribe to Orcon's UFB offering. We're looking at getting the 30GB monthly data plan for $75 per month. This will include free national toll calls (up to 1hr/call) to keep wifey happy. Our current ADSL2+ plan is only 5GB monthly data and the free national toll calls for $75 per month. The change to UFB will give us more data capacity, faster download speeds, the same free toll calls, and all at the same price we're paying now. Sounds like a good deal!
Our request for service was passed on from Orcon to Chorus, who came back stating that our UFB installation will take approximately 2-3 months to process, as we live down a right-of-way (ROW) or in a multi-dwelling-unit (MDU) and they need to obtain legal permission from the other landowners. Fair enough. Makes me glad that I started getting the ball rolling early in the new year. I have requested that in the meantime they investigate whether there is a spare conduit installed beside the conduit of our existing copper cable. Our flat is serviced from a plinth that is fed from an 8-pair copper cable which joins the D-side cable in our street. I'm hoping that if there is a spare duct, they can expedite the FTTP installation, because the copper can be left in situ without it affecting the neighbouring flats.
Comment by nzsouthernman, on 9-Jan-2014 11:40
Keen to hear how things progress for you. I'd recommend going for a bigger cap if you can build it into your budget, as you'll be amazed at how you fritter the data away as it gets faster & more reliable to use. :)
Comment by Sideface, on 9-Jan-2014 21:57
I am confused - why do you need UFB if you only use 5GB of data per month?
Even your proposed 30GB per month data cap seems low - at UFB speeds you can very easily use 30GB in a day.
Ask yourself whether you really want to go to all this trouble if you are a very light user.
FYI I am on the Orcon Genius unlimited ADSL2 plan for $99 per month and typically use 300-500GB per month - so UFB would suit me very well.
I will upgrade to UFB as soon as it becomes available - but that may take years.
Good luck with your upgrade :)
Comment by ajw, on 10-Jan-2014 10:20
You can get free national toll calls here. www.callzero.co.nz as previous posters have mentioned get the highest data cap possible as you said you will be watching you tube.
Comment by LionSoftware, on 10-Jan-2014 16:39
Hi Frittmann, I am another Orcon user. Like you , even with watching several TVNZ on-demand videos, our typical use is about 10 GB/month. Last year the basic Orcon Genius plan upgraded from 5GB/Free National calls to 30GB/Free National Calls. You should be able to contact Orcon and upgrade your existing plan to 30GB for free, still with Free national calls at the same price.
Hope this helps,
Comment by techmeister, on 12-Jan-2014 01:15
Isn't it $75 a month plus $10 for national calling?
Comment by maslink, on 16-Jan-2014 13:43
Good luck with the upgrade - we've found fibre to be far more consistent than xDSL so I agree that if it's the same price then it's worth it even if you don't use a huge amount of data every month. Also, you might as well get in while they are still doing free installs.One small note of caution though is that streaming video sites (such as YouTube) will detect the faster connection, and you'll find that you end up watching HD streams more often, leading to higher bandwidth usage...but if you're currently managing with a 5GB cap, then the increase to 30GB should cope for the short term, and you can always increase it later.
Comment by Brad, on 28-Jan-2014 12:50
So, at present we are paying more than we should be (in international comparisons) for inferior infrastructure (ADSL). Now they want us to pay more to bring us up to (or close to) international standards. Yeah, right!