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  Reply # 1616032 22-Aug-2016 20:44
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Will be also interesting if Spark is forced to wholesale their RBI product. Puts their wholesale price very low, as they can't be seen as anti-competitive offering a better wholesale price (of similar / better product) to other providers / subsidiaries.

 

 

 

 





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  Reply # 1616542 23-Aug-2016 21:17
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I have just ordered,

 

I am sick of slow ADSL speeds, VDSL will never be available and UFB is Dec 2019

 

Also I notice that it is every 30days not monthly ( it means that billing will not be x day every month )

 

Looking forward to it.

 

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  Reply # 1616603 24-Aug-2016 08:17
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sbiddle:

 

I don't see why Skinny crashed the market. It's going to make things a lot harder for Spark to launch their mass market offering.

 

IMHO the price is too cheap.

 

The market will look after itself.  Broadband in NZ is expensive, or at least that's what my Australian friends keep on telling me.  ISP margins are razor thin -- the money goes to the last mile, usually at a regulated, fixed cost.

 

I know a few people on low incomes for whom the extra $12-20/week for broadband is a lot. Anything that cuts that back and lets their kids get online to do their homework is a good thing in my book.


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  Reply # 1616627 24-Aug-2016 09:01
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sbiddle:

 

I don't see why Skinny crashed the market. It's going to make things a lot harder for Spark to launch their mass market offering.

 

IMHO the price is too cheap.

 

The market will look after itself.  Broadband in NZ is expensive, or at least that's what my Australian friends keep on telling me.  ISP margins are razor thin -- the money goes to the last mile, usually at a regulated, fixed cost.

 

I know a few people on low incomes for whom the extra $12-20/week for broadband is a lot. Anything that cuts that back and lets their kids get online to do their homework is a good thing in my book.

 

 

Agreed with that. Although, I don't think Australia's broadband is really any cheaper. Just checked TPG - $99.95 a month for unlimited NBN (if you can get it) - does include (VOIP) phone though, so when you do the currency conversions, and add our GST, they seem to be paying more. Spark for the same deal here (100Mbps UFB including Phone) is $99.95 NZ (and I'm sure you can find better deals on both sides of the ditch). Also, our UFB is actually 100mbps, their NBN is 'up to' as it is mostly going to be FTTN. Grass is greener here methinks.

 

 


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  Reply # 1616999 24-Aug-2016 19:30
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The market will look after itself.  Broadband in NZ is expensive, or at least that's what my Australian friends keep on telling me.  ISP margins are razor thin -- the money goes to the last mile, usually at a regulated, fixed cost.

 

I know a few people on low incomes for whom the extra $12-20/week for broadband is a lot. Anything that cuts that back and lets their kids get online to do their homework is a good thing in my book.

 

 

Since this is about Skinny Fixed Wireless Broadband maybe you should take a look at the Optus Fixed Wireless Broadband in Aussie:

 

 

 

50GB Broadband Data

 

Incl. data $0.0014/MB

 

When you reach 50GB, get an automatic 10GB top-up for just $10.

 

(Max. 5 auto top-ups per month. Speed slowed to 256kbps after 100GB usage)

 

Up to 12/1 Mbps download/upload in 2300 MHz areas. Up to 5/1 Mbps in other areas

 

$70 per month (minimum total cost over 24 months $1680)

 

 

 

Pretty sure most in Aussie would be over the moon to get the kind of plan Skinny are offering here in NZ!

 

 


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  Reply # 1617186 25-Aug-2016 09:36
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deadlyllama:

 

The market will look after itself.  Broadband in NZ is expensive, or at least that's what my Australian friends keep on telling me.  ISP margins are razor thin -- the money goes to the last mile, usually at a regulated, fixed cost.

 

I know a few people on low incomes for whom the extra $12-20/week for broadband is a lot. Anything that cuts that back and lets their kids get online to do their homework is a good thing in my book.

 

 

Since this is about Skinny Fixed Wireless Broadband maybe you should take a look at the Optus Fixed Wireless Broadband in Aussie:

 

 

 

50GB Broadband Data

 

Incl. data $0.0014/MB

 

When you reach 50GB, get an automatic 10GB top-up for just $10.

 

(Max. 5 auto top-ups per month. Speed slowed to 256kbps after 100GB usage)

 

Up to 12/1 Mbps download/upload in 2300 MHz areas. Up to 5/1 Mbps in other areas

 

$70 per month (minimum total cost over 24 months $1680)

 

 

 

Pretty sure most in Aussie would be over the moon to get the kind of plan Skinny are offering here in NZ!

 

 

 

 

 

 

A friend in Australia says you can get 50GB for $59/mo from ovo (4G; not fixed-location), and unlimited from Vivid for $89/mo (4G; fixed location, capped to 12/1), and that the new 100GB/$52 Skinny price is pretty good compared to .au.

 

Remember, though, that these are all wireless plans avoiding that wonderful, expensive fixed line infrastructure.  The cheapest fixed-line provider in NZ, flip, uses Slingshot's ULL network.  There's nothing like that for fibre, yet.  I wonder if the LFCs would make more money if they offered wholesale plans at prices commesurate with fixed-wireless, or if their cost-base is too high to allow that.


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  Reply # 1618012 26-Aug-2016 18:07
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Had my modem for a few days now... really disappointing... speeds seem all over the place.

 

 

 

Started at around 35Mbit ... now we are stable around 4Mbit with a 60ms Ping..... sometimes can pop up to 40ish. Just no consistency. (Was on a rock solid Bigpipe connection before at 12Mbit)

 


We also live on a big hill in a small town with plenty of 4G signal (Feilding)


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  Reply # 1618020 26-Aug-2016 18:13
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moxpearl:

Had my modem for a few days now... really disappointing... speeds seem all over the place.


 


Started at around 35Mbit ... now we are stable around 4Mbit with a 60ms Ping..... sometimes can pop up to 40ish. Just no consistency. (Was on a rock solid Bigpipe connection before at 12Mbit)



We also live on a big hill in a small town with plenty of 4G signal (Feilding)



That's odd. My speeds have stayed consistent over more than a week so far. Still hitting between 35-40mbps with 16 ping





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  Reply # 1618021 26-Aug-2016 18:17
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Got my router yesterday and I cant do a speed test, speedtest.net shown 35MB down but will not do an upload.

 

I know it is working otherwise I would not be able to post here.

 

I have managed to download something in about 6 minutes that would normally take about 20 - 30 minutes on my 2Deg ADSL

 

Signal seems to be up and down, the storm at the moment will not help.

 

I have not tried to connect the VoIP phones yet.

 

I might need external antenna to improve signal and I am getting 2-3 / 5 bars.

 

Would be nice to know what frequency it is running, I assume 1800MHz as the spark website says no 3G here.

 

I will plumb it in properly tomorrow to see how it performs.

 

Cheers

 

John

 

 





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  Reply # 1618026 26-Aug-2016 18:29
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moxpearl:

speeds seem all over the place.


 


Started at around 35Mbit ... now we are stable around 4Mbit with a 60ms Ping..... sometimes can pop up to 40ish



We also live on a big hill in a small town with plenty of 4G signal (Feilding)



Very wierd! I've been on Skinny BB since March and have a consistent 25/2 on a 1bar (inside 1/5,not 'lights' 1/3) signal and only drop down in heavy rain (like now) to 12/1... sounds like you have a dodgy router, perhaps PM @livingskinny to try a swap or reset?

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  Reply # 1618031 26-Aug-2016 18:47
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Hmm yeah; don't think it is my signal thou.

 

 

 

Internal

 

(Full on the outside)

 

 

 

Just tried again and currently 30ish, however still 60 ping :/


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  Reply # 1618089 26-Aug-2016 19:57
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 Have you looked at a cheap aerial add on like:
http://s.aliexpress.com/MJVziYj2
Or
http://s.aliexpress.com/6NRRNRje

Both less than $10 delivered.

 

 

 

Personally I would not use any of those types antenna as they have long cables. At 1800MHz you need very good quality cable and connectors otherwise it will attenuate any gains in the antenna.

 

I am looking at these ones for myself.

 

http://tinyurl.com/zoxc4nq

 

The gain is not huge, I am looking for some better ones, I dont want to put a Yagi or log periodic outside as the cable run will be a killer ( attenuation wise )

 

Just found these, these have a better gain

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/SMA-Port-Extend-CPE-4G-Gain-External-Antenna-Fr-HUAWEI-B593-B310-B315-B880-E5172-/252479082181?hash=item3ac8ed0ec5:g:iP8AAOSwtnpXmif5

 

 

 

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  Reply # 1618093 26-Aug-2016 20:29
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coffeebaron:

 

Will be also interesting if Spark is forced to wholesale their RBI product. Puts their wholesale price very low, as they can't be seen as anti-competitive offering a better wholesale price (of similar / better product) to other providers / subsidiaries.

 

 

 

I dont think there will be an issue for the reasona above, if your referring to Skinny/Bigpipe they are not seperate entitys and have been moved back into the main Spark core business out of Ventures (source latest Spark Annual report) So Bigpipe is now a brand/offering under the main Spark business. looks like Venture's is now Ventures 2.0 and onto the next big thing.


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  Reply # 1618099 26-Aug-2016 20:47
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Hmmm back down to single figures, yet still max signal.

 

 

 

Guessing it is a capacity issue ?? It's weird how my ping is not moving from 60


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  Reply # 1618105 26-Aug-2016 21:22
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Feilding is like an Internet black hole.
We've got a spark 4g connection just out of town (feilding) and it gets about 8Mbs.
Vodafone RBI at the same site was about 4Mbs.

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