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Topic # 191340 1-Feb-2016 15:52
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We've received a flyer from Vodafone advising that they have improved broadband speeds for our Waikanae beach address and they are offering a pretty good deal of $69 for unlimited for 24 months.

 

We are currently with Spark (ADSL), but I'm keen to move away on expiration of my 12 month term.

 

So, any Kapiti cable users to verify Vodafone's claim?

 

(I know there is a thread on Krapiti cable congestion - but's it's the size of the Auckland phone book, so opted for a new thread for this question).

 

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  Reply # 1482965 1-Feb-2016 16:58
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Some areas of the cable network are still being worked on, AFAIK.


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  Reply # 1482984 1-Feb-2016 17:14
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I can't comment on HFC cable at Waikanae Beach, but we have had major problems with cable in Wellington for the past 12 months - the main one being severe evening congestion, with poor speeds, specially at 8pm-10pm.

 

Read the Krapi cable congestion thread - 119 pages of complaints about cable.

 

Vodafone are working to upgrade the network, with some success, but this is work in progress.

 

I would be very wary of signing a 24-month contract with any provider.





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  Reply # 1483037 1-Feb-2016 18:50
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Sideface:

 

I can't comment on HFC cable at Waikanae Beach, but we have had major problems with cable in Wellington for the past 12 months - the main one being severe evening congestion, with poor speeds, specially at 8pm-10pm.

 

Read the Krapi cable congestion thread - 119 pages of complaints about cable.

 

Vodafone are working to upgrade the network, with some success, but this is work in progress.

 

I would be very wary of signing a 24-month contract with any provider.

 

 

We are on Vodafone cable in Wellington and its better than the ADSL at Waikanae. I'm keen to find out if the service to the Kapiti coast is degraded at all over the Wellington speeds.

 

Agree re the 24 months - I'm wary as well. For going 24, you save $20 per month off the current monthly rate. 


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  Reply # 1483051 1-Feb-2016 19:16
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dafman:  <snip>  We are on Vodafone cable in Wellington and its better than the ADSL at Waikanae. ...

 

+1  We are comparing apples with oranges.

 

Off-peak, cable is much better than ADSL - no contest. Ten times faster at my Island Bay address.

 

During peak hours, on bad nights, downstream performance is similar to ADSL or worse (although upstream performance is always good).

 

So overall I have to agree agree that cable, with all its faults, is probably better than ADSL, more often than not. wink

 

 





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  Reply # 1483060 1-Feb-2016 19:47
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dafman:

 

We've received a flyer from Vodafone advising that they have improved broadband speeds for our Waikanae beach address and they are offering a pretty good deal of $69 for unlimited for 24 months.

 

 

 

 

24 months is one hell of a contract in the telecommunications game, you are more of a betting man than I to sign up for something like that 9when there are known issues!). In regard to other technologies outside of HFC I don't understand why people sign up to even 12 month contracts when often there are no contract options available and sometimes they are even cheaper/better.


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  Reply # 1483124 1-Feb-2016 21:10
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dafman: So, any Kapiti cable users to verify Vodafone's claim?

 

Cable 50 user from Paraparaumu Beach here - I can't back up any claims about it being better as never had ADSL/VDSL at my address but currently don't experience many issues with the speed of the connection on my node. Your experience may vary depending on how subscribed the node(s) are in Waikanae Beach.

 

Problems seem currently centered (as far as I can tell from the other thread) around the South Coast area in Wellington (wonder if part of the issue is salt damage over time?) although I can't categorically state there is no other area(s) affected.


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  Reply # 1483281 2-Feb-2016 09:41
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I am in Paraparaumu Beach, not sure which Kapiti node.

 

The performance during peak times was terrible for about 8 months, almost unusable. It was largely resolved in November but performance is starting to slowly degrade again during peak hours. It's still usable but get occasional timeouts and buffering. There is more work going on but hard to know exactly what/when.

 

That's a summary of the massive Kapiti thread.


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