InstallerUFB: The Cabinet is PIR/B and I think its hosted off Te Awamutu via Otorohanga - I think the school will have an RBI fibre connection not a UFB one (differnt equipment to provide the link)
The RBI wireless is an option, but do they face the same congestion problems as the ADSL line? What I would hate to do is go through all the trouble to setup a remote 3G modem and wifi link to it, only to find that in the evenings it also drops to 10% or so of its potential.
Chorus has spent $1.4 billion on making their xDSL broadband network faster and even more now as they are upgrading their rural Conklins. If your still stuck on ADSL or VDSL, why not spend $195 on a master filter install to make sure you are getting the most out of your connection?
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CraigY: But if fibre is already at the school, why would they not upgrade the boards to provide better service to the 50 or so customers on that cabinet?
I found this article: http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/60883119/government-wont-pay-for-rural-ufb
If I understand, it says the govt has thrown in an additional $150 million to the existing RBI program to be used as:
$100 million for upgrading rural copper (cabinets)
$50 million for upgrading cellular support for tourist areas, etc
My question then is does Chorus plan on upgrading the cabinet given the increased RBI funding ($100 million) specifically aimed at upgrading rural cabinets. I don't think this is an issue of whether Chorus can economically justify it, but rather, how is this $100 million going to be spent (or allocated).
CraigY: Agreed .. in our instance there is are two cell towers (Spark and Vodafone) on Pirongia mountain, and then another tower (not sure who owns it) in Kawhia. But in between there is no cell coverage. If instead of updating the cabinet they would use the money to install a tower in between these two sets of towers then in addition to finally bringing cellphone coverage to everyone out here, we would also have the benefit of RBI wireless. Does anyone know of any plans by either Vodafone or Spark to put a new cell tower out in this area?