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  Reply # 1658965 27-Oct-2016 12:53
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Awesome news I'm excited for you, Christmas is coming early lol. I hope mine is tomorrow as it's harder to take time off work at short notice on a Monday. Are you in Wellington ?

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  Reply # 1658974 27-Oct-2016 12:57
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New modem will be supplied with the install. I work for Downer as one if the residential install techs and we are currently going through the final training of these new modems. It's a massive job of upgrading the nodes but everything is going to plan, I've been involved in the night work also , changing to the new dcmts and everyone involved is working hard to get this upgrade complete. The uptake I've seen so far is that work is going to get exceptionally busy very quick.

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1658986 27-Oct-2016 13:13
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morat:

 

 

 

If you're in the HFC footprint in Wellington, you should be covered within the next couple or three weeks. Christchurch will take another couple of weeks after that to complete. The work being done involves swapping every node over not only in the head end, but also out at the node itself (where the distributed CMTSes are being rolled out), as well as messing with the fibre backhaul. With ~240 nodes to convert between Wellington and Christchurch, the migration crew have done an amazing job staying on target, given the complexity of the work they're doing (usual disclaimer applies; I work for VF, and have worked on the project, so statements of admiration can be taken in that light).

 

 

Thanks morat, the info is appreciated. I'm in Johnsonville and both the website and call centre said I couldn't get fibreX yet. Apparently I'm also on the last month of our current contract, but unfortunately if I take the 12/24mo contract renewal option now to get the 6-months half-price special, I can't upgrade to fibreX unless I break the contract, which sucks (given the value of the contract would increase, albeit only by $10/mo).

 

For now, I am holding out for the Johnsonville/Raroa nodes to get upgraded. Is there a list anywhere that indicates when it's available for different regions? Or some way of knowing rather than just ringing up every few days? Does the check tool on the website get updated as nodes are upgraded?


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  Reply # 1658989 27-Oct-2016 13:17
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morat:


 


If you're in the HFC footprint in Wellington, you should be covered within the next couple or three weeks. Christchurch will take another couple of weeks after that to complete. The work being done involves swapping every node over not only in the head end, but also out at the node itself (where the distributed CMTSes are being rolled out), as well as messing with the fibre backhaul. With ~240 nodes to convert between Wellington and Christchurch, the migration crew have done an amazing job staying on target, given the complexity of the work they're doing (usual disclaimer applies; I work for VF, and have worked on the project, so statements of admiration can be taken in that light).



Thanks morat, the info is appreciated. I'm in Johnsonville and both the website and call centre said I couldn't get fibreX yet. Apparently I'm also on the last month of our current contract, but unfortunately if I take the 12/24mo contract renewal option now to get the 6-months half-price special, I can't upgrade to fibreX unless I break the contract, which sucks (given the value of the contract would increase, albeit only by $10/mo).


For now, I am holding out for the Johnsonville/Raroa nodes to get upgraded. Is there a list anywhere that indicates when it's available for different regions? Or some way of knowing rather than just ringing up every few days? Does the check tool on the website get updated as nodes are upgraded?



That's strange I'm halfway through a contract and they let me sign up for fiberx on a new 24 month contract.

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  Reply # 1658990 27-Oct-2016 13:18
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Ipv89:
madmatt:

 

morat:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you're in the HFC footprint in Wellington, you should be covered within the next couple or three weeks. Christchurch will take another couple of weeks after that to complete. The work being done involves swapping every node over not only in the head end, but also out at the node itself (where the distributed CMTSes are being rolled out), as well as messing with the fibre backhaul. With ~240 nodes to convert between Wellington and Christchurch, the migration crew have done an amazing job staying on target, given the complexity of the work they're doing (usual disclaimer applies; I work for VF, and have worked on the project, so statements of admiration can be taken in that light).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks morat, the info is appreciated. I'm in Johnsonville and both the website and call centre said I couldn't get fibreX yet. Apparently I'm also on the last month of our current contract, but unfortunately if I take the 12/24mo contract renewal option now to get the 6-months half-price special, I can't upgrade to fibreX unless I break the contract, which sucks (given the value of the contract would increase, albeit only by $10/mo).

 

 

 

For now, I am holding out for the Johnsonville/Raroa nodes to get upgraded. Is there a list anywhere that indicates when it's available for different regions? Or some way of knowing rather than just ringing up every few days? Does the check tool on the website get updated as nodes are upgraded?

 



That's strange I'm halfway through a contract and they let me sign up for fiberx on a new 24 month contract.

 

Same here





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  Reply # 1659020 27-Oct-2016 13:43
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madmatt:

 

Thanks morat, the info is appreciated. I'm in Johnsonville and both the website and call centre said I couldn't get fibreX yet. Apparently I'm also on the last month of our current contract, but unfortunately if I take the 12/24mo contract renewal option now to get the 6-months half-price special, I can't upgrade to fibreX unless I break the contract, which sucks (given the value of the contract would increase, albeit only by $10/mo).

 

For now, I am holding out for the Johnsonville/Raroa nodes to get upgraded. Is there a list anywhere that indicates when it's available for different regions? Or some way of knowing rather than just ringing up every few days? Does the check tool on the website get updated as nodes are upgraded?

 

 

 

 

I'm not sure what the update cycle for the tool is. I believe it's fair frequent, but I'll go confirm before promising anything :)


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  Reply # 1659023 27-Oct-2016 13:45
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Djmixerdomo:
Ipv89:
madmatt:
morat: If you're in the HFC footprint in Wellington, you should be covered within the next couple or three weeks. Christchurch will take another couple of weeks after that to complete. The work being done involves swapping every node over not only in the head end, but also out at the node itself (where the distributed CMTSes are being rolled out), as well as messing with the fibre backhaul. With ~240 nodes to convert between Wellington and Christchurch, the migration crew have done an amazing job staying on target, given the complexity of the work they're doing (usual disclaimer applies; I work for VF, and have worked on the project, so statements of admiration can be taken in that light). 

 

Thanks morat, the info is appreciated. I'm in Johnsonville and both the website and call centre said I couldn't get fibreX yet. Apparently I'm also on the last month of our current contract, but unfortunately if I take the 12/24mo contract renewal option now to get the 6-months half-price special, I can't upgrade to fibreX unless I break the contract, which sucks (given the value of the contract would increase, albeit only by $10/mo).

 

For now, I am holding out for the Johnsonville/Raroa nodes to get upgraded. Is there a list anywhere that indicates when it's available for different regions? Or some way of knowing rather than just ringing up every few days? Does the check tool on the website get updated as nodes are upgraded?



That's strange I'm halfway through a contract and they let me sign up for fiberx on a new 24 month contract.

 

Same here

 

Thanks for that, it's good to know. Did you both get the 6 month half-price offer as well?
edit: It's possible that the sales staff didn't have all details on hand - he asked to ring me back with more info and when he rang back that's what he said, but he was a little unsure of other areas too, so whenever it's available at my place I'll ring back and re-enquire.

 

morat: I'm not sure what the update cycle for the tool is. I believe it's fair frequent, but I'll go confirm before promising anything :)

 

That would be awesome, thanks! Good luck with the continued rollout!


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  Reply # 1659026 27-Oct-2016 13:46
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Yep they gave me the 6 months half price too.

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  Reply # 1659040 27-Oct-2016 14:03
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CableGuyChch: New modem will be supplied with the install. I work for Downer as one if the residential install techs and we are currently going through the final training of these new modems. It's a massive job of upgrading the nodes but everything is going to plan, I've been involved in the night work also , changing to the new dcmts and everyone involved is working hard to get this upgrade complete. The uptake I've seen so far is that work is going to get exceptionally busy very quick.

 

Cool, so seeing that Upper Riccarton - or at least the street I'm in - is not yet ready for FibreX, how soon the roll out will be?





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  Reply # 1659050 27-Oct-2016 14:14
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sbiddle:

 

kharris:

 

MikeB4: Grrrr not available at my address, it seems we are in an ultra fast BB wilderness and only 4K from the city centre

 

 Same at my address.  Are they rolling out additional upgrades to cover other areas eventually?

 

 

The rollout won't be complete until before Xmas. Nightly work is still being done to upgrade nodes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is this over and above the dcmts upgrade.  That has already been done on my node afaik





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  Reply # 1659051 27-Oct-2016 14:14
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Just upgraded to the 200/20 plan for roughly $20 cheaper than what I was paying for 100/10. 12 month contract should see me through to when UFB is available in my neighbourhood, so I can make a call then about switching to fibre.

 

Not too keen on using the Vodafone supplied router, but I can figure that out next week when it's installed. From reading this thread it looks like I may be able to configure my own router (Asus RT-AC66U) to replace the HG659, or perhaps just set it up behind the HG659.


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Reply # 1659055 27-Oct-2016 14:23
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 I've had my call from Downer, and they're coming tomorrow morning.

 

 

Got the call too - mine is for tomorrow (28/10) afternoon - will post speedtests as soon as possible then!


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  Reply # 1659057 27-Oct-2016 14:28

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CableGuyChch: New modem will be supplied with the install. I work for Downer as one if the residential install techs and we are currently going through the final training of these new modems. It's a massive job of upgrading the nodes but everything is going to plan, I've been involved in the night work also , changing to the new dcmts and everyone involved is working hard to get this upgrade complete. The uptake I've seen so far is that work is going to get exceptionally busy very quick.


Cool, so seeing that Upper Riccarton - or at least the street I'm in - is not yet ready for FibreX, how soon the roll out will be?

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All I can say is it will be completed by Xmas.

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  Reply # 1659058 27-Oct-2016 14:28
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amanzi:

 

Not too keen on using the Vodafone supplied router, but I can figure that out next week when it's installed. From reading this thread it looks like I may be able to configure my own router (Asus RT-AC66U) to replace the HG659, or perhaps just set it up behind the HG659.

 

 

Will be useful if we post our router setups as reference for other Geekzoners - will post my Netgear R7000 setup once it is configured.


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  Reply # 1659062 27-Oct-2016 14:33
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CableGuyChch:
chiefie:

 

CableGuyChch: New modem will be supplied with the install. I work for Downer as one if the residential install techs and we are currently going through the final training of these new modems. It's a massive job of upgrading the nodes but everything is going to plan, I've been involved in the night work also , changing to the new dcmts and everyone involved is working hard to get this upgrade complete. The uptake I've seen so far is that work is going to get exceptionally busy very quick.

 

 

 

Cool, so seeing that Upper Riccarton - or at least the street I'm in - is not yet ready for FibreX, how soon the roll out will be?

 

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All I can say is it will be completed by Xmas.

 

 

 

So... @morat, I guess then if looking to saving some cost and upgrade to 200/20 for now, and upgrade to FibreX Max later when my area has become available be possible? Is 200/20 on FibreX as well?





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