snnet: Are you all who are against this not reading the posts from people who have actually been physically involved in these fibre rolllouts? Maverick has already said multiple times that it is in pilot stage which is ending soon and will be open to other providers willing to compete.
FYI in regards to extra set up costs, all of the installations I've done with fibre have had the fibre install paid for by the building company. Of course this is factored in when a quote is given to the client but there was no extra cost after this quotation. (Noting here that the developer is not always the first (in fact rarely) builder/company that purchases certain plots)
I doubt they would have been offered a deal for putting in fibre at all. Although we're seeing contradictions from others on here, the majority of the Chorus new subdivision installations are fibre-only for subdivisions with more than 150 plots.
I've only actually read on here where people haven't been aware their plot is in a fibre only subdivision- so yes I guess like most other information there is some missing for some people. Most however are aware of what is going on.
Will be interesting to see how this pilot differs from the CFH sponsored installations, which hopfully will be deployed better and benefit from experience of pilots and other fibre rollouts like this. Perhaps we will see some of them being home-run networks to support more choice of point-to-point options.
Cost of fibre is coming down and things like pre-connectorised fibre give really efficient installation options now, it might even be cheaper than copper overall. So why not install the better technology once issues like how to properly wholesale and provision triple-play services have been sorted out, including the 111 "SOS" function that's more challenging over fibre. Its not new technology anymore and PON is already moving towards its 3rd generation of 10 Gig, with 2nd generation Gigabit PONs quite established around the world using a variety of different business models and topologies. It's only new in NZ because we have stayed on copper for so long, blame it on Kiwishare or whatever.
I have some questions: is Telecom now installing outdoor ONTs requiring the 3 Cat5e cables to the ETP specified on their website, or indoor ONTs as shown in their picture? What voltage is the power supply output, and are batteries subject to automatic testing? And wasn't Telecom planning to have VoIP handovers in the exchanges already?