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Topic # 13931 6-Jun-2007 09:18
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According to a story in the Herald today, Xnet will soon begin offering a wireless internet service using Kordia's Extend network which has been in operation since November 2003:

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/story.cfm?c_id=5&objectid=10443831&ref=rss

Telecom have largely controlled the services offered on this network until now, hence the VoIP capability of each subscriber's wireless transceiver has remained dormant, but that is all set to change from July once WxC start offering Xnet Xtend.

Finally, those two RJ-11 ports on the Airspan transceiver will serve some useful function, and access to the bandwidth reserved for them will be unlocked.

Hopefully the combined offering of a VoIP service together with Wireless Broadband will accelerate uptake as it will allow rural dwellers to ditch their Telecom line along with all the electric fence noises and poor quality which are frequently present.  2000 subscribers on a service which cost more than $25 million to roll out is not a great return on investment, and the high cost of the service is largely to blame.  A $99 entry level is not a great selling point, and this will need to be addressed if any significant increase in uptake is to be gained.

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  Reply # 73578 6-Jun-2007 09:29
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$99 per month isn't bad for both phone & broadband, although the $800 installation fee is a bit steep!!!




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  Reply # 73581 6-Jun-2007 09:34
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stevonz: $99 per month isn't bad for both phone & broadband, although the $800 installation fee is a bit steep!!!
The existing ISPs who offer this service (with the exception of Telecom) all start at around the $100 mark for a 256k/128k 1-5GB service WITHOUT any phone connection.  Inspire is $99 for 5GB, ICONZ is $105 for 1GB International Traffic.

If they include the phone service as well for that, it could make some inroads, but if the phone connection is extra, well...

Farmside are well out of step with the rest of the market.  Their 5GB plan starts at around $130 per month but they do subsidise the installation fee.

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  Reply # 73587 6-Jun-2007 10:07
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This will be great for my parents who live 7km west of Warkworth.....But I have just checked the coverage on the Kordia website
and I see that they are not in the coverage area, which is a shame.

Are there plans to extend the coverage ?




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  Reply # 73595 6-Jun-2007 10:57
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wmoore: This will be great for my parents who live 7km west of Warkworth.....But I have just checked the coverage on the Kordia website and I see that they are not in the coverage area...

I know some people out further west well beyond Woodcocks and they are using the Extend service.  So it is possible, but you need a high point with a line-of-sight path to Horokaka.  Probably would also need a High-gain 25dB grid antenna as well (that is what I am using).

In the case mentioned above, they built a repeater station on a nearby hilltop and ran a WiFi link back to their house.

Given the very poor uptake so far versus the $ spent, I cannot see Kordia extending the coverage for some time to come.  It's a matter of making the best use of what is available.  If they were nearer to Auckland, the Wired Country service would be another option.

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  Reply # 73615 6-Jun-2007 12:32
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Guys this is the details sent to the Herald,



WorldxChange Communications and Kordia have teamed up to offer voice and Internet over a single wireless connection. Called Xnet Xtend; the service will be available from July with prices for full local telephone services and a high speed Internet connection starting as low as $99 incl. GST per month.

The monthly subscription includes a telephone line with 10 hours of calling to any land line in New Zealand, voice mail, voice mail to email, call waiting, caller line ID, call forwarding and on-line service self management. Residential customers still get free local calling. The basic Internet speeds start at 256Kbps download and 128Kbps upload with 3Gig of data. That is a lot of service for under $100.

“The news gets even better when you consider that you can have your existing phone number ported to your Xnet Xtend line for a ‘one off’ fee of $19.69 and have your telecom line disconnected all together”, says WorldxChange CEO, Cecil Alexander. “A number of subscribers who have trialled the service have done just that and no longer pay over $40 per month just to get dial tone.” We are also aware of customers who already have the ‘Internet only’ version of the service from other ISPs that subscribe to our Xnet VFX (Virtual Fone Xchange) Digital Voice service. So what we have here is a tried and proven alternative to the Telecom voice line and dial-up Internet,” he said.

Kordia have other ISP resellers that currently sell wireless broadband but none of them offer a packaged voice and Internet product. The WorldxChange combined voice and Internet bundle is for the first time offering rural consumers and business customers with and alternative to their existing telecommunications provider(s) with more functionality at a lower price. Mr Alexander was quick to point out that if you add up your line rental, Internet, toll calls, voice mail and other additional cost items on your current communications bill, the Xnet Xtend package is much cheaper and offers more features than someone who lives a block away from the Telecom exchange.

Installation costs will generally run under $800 and include a small external antenna that is wired through to a service termination unit and a Linksys Ethernet and IP voice device in the home or office. Kordia boasts that coverage overlays 600,000 New Zealand homes and business. Eighty thousand of which do not have access to current fixed line DSL service.
The WorldxChange website has not been updated with all of the details but consumers can get a sense of what the voice service offers by visiting www.wxc.co.nz/vfx/features.

Speed
Data
Cost
Phone Line

256/128
3Gig
$99.00
yes

512/128
5Gig
$125.00
yes

512/256
5Gig
$129.00
yes

1m/340
10Gig
$179.00
yes

$1.00 per Gigabyte when usage exceeds cap





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  Reply # 73622 6-Jun-2007 12:42
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maverick:
512/256
5Gig
$129.00
yes

This is the plan I have been waiting over one year for ICONZ to provide but they keep telling me it is too hard because their system needs to be reconfigured for PPoE rather than the VLAN setup I have now.  No problem for me -- my router already supports PPoE.

maverick: $1.00 per Gigabyte when usage exceeds cap

This is BRILLIANT!!!  At present I'm paying 13c per MEGABYTE = $130 per GIGABYTE.

maverick:
Installation costs will generally run under $800 and include a small external antenna that is wired through to a service termination unit and a Linksys Ethernet and IP voice device in the home or office.

So I take it from this, that the RJ11 ports on my Airspan box will still not be used?

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  Reply # 73625 6-Jun-2007 12:49
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Grant17:
maverick:
512/256
5Gig
$129.00
yes

This is the plan I have been waiting over one year for ICONZ to provide but they keep telling me it is too hard because their system needs to be reconfigured for PPoE rather than the VLAN setup I have now.  No problem for me -- my router already supports PPoE.

maverick: $1.00 per Gigabyte when usage exceeds cap

This is BRILLIANT!!!  At present I'm paying 13c per MEGABYTE = $130 per GIGABYTE.

maverick:
Installation costs will generally run under $800 and include a small external antenna that is wired through to a service termination unit and a Linksys Ethernet and IP voice device in the home or office.

So I take it from this, that the RJ11 ports on my Airspan box will still not be used?



That would be correct , I believe these were the V5.2 interface that would have been used,  not 100% sure on this as I am not familiar with the Airspan kit so corrct me if I'm wrong here ......we will be recommending our hardware where possible wrtp54g but the router on the end will be fine with ppoe and a PAP2t / spa2102 for Voice, we have been running this for quite some time with Kordia user the same time as the VFX launch actually they are using the wrtp54g's




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  Reply # 73626 6-Jun-2007 12:52
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"$1.00 per Gigabyte when usage exceeds cap"

Honestly?  That would be fantastic if it's not a typo.....   :o)



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  Reply # 73627 6-Jun-2007 12:56
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maverick: ...we will be recommending our hardware where possible wrtp54g but the router on the end will be fine with ppoe and a PAP2t / spa2102 for Voice, we have been running this for quite some time with Kordia user the same time as the VFX launch actually they are using the wrtp54g's

No worries, it will save me running 100m of phone cable up the hill to our antenna pole Cool

The extra upload speed of 256kbps is what I was mainly looking for.  It's a pity it will cost $179 for the 1M/340 plan, or I would probably go for that one, however I only need 2 or 3GB per month, so the 10GB allocation would be a bit of a waste.

Did you think about offering a 1M/340k/5GB plan?
That would be right up my alley.

If you have this service available by June 18, I will sign up for it then, otherwise will probably leave it until we come back from overseas at the end of July.  We won't need any hardware at all, the existing router and PAP2T will be fine.

Cheers,
Grant.

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  Reply # 73629 6-Jun-2007 13:04
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Mattnzl:
 
"$1.00 per Gigabyte when usage exceeds cap"

Honestly?  That would be fantastic if it's not a typo.....   :o)



Not a typo at this stage Wink, Our Sales director Cecil Alexander and Operations Director Paul Clarkin are looking to offer Value Services and Prices on a quality product / network Laughing




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  Reply # 75005 18-Jun-2007 13:30
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I’m glad to see this offering from Xnet Will the VOIP be available in Rotorua? Thanks

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  Reply # 75006 18-Jun-2007 13:32
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We do not have a POI in Rotorua at this point but we are in the planning stage and hope to have it within 3 - 4 months 





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  Reply # 75009 18-Jun-2007 13:48
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Sound great
I would be happy to be your first Rotovagus subscriber
I have left my name on the "show your intrest page for Xtend" or would it be better to check in the in 3-4month to get a update?
POI? Point of ???
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  Reply # 75010 18-Jun-2007 13:51
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POI = Point of Interconnect

Carriers must have a local presence in a area (in this Rotorua) before local numbers can be offered, however large costs involved with putting these in, so this is why we stage rollouts




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  Reply # 75044 18-Jun-2007 16:50
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Are the Data plans from the normal Kordia's Extend or the Kordia's Extend lite version?
And what is the differance if its the lite version?
Also is local traffic free?
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