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Topic # 88358 14-Aug-2011 15:47
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As I am orange atm (due to go RED) I have been house hunting in Chch to try find an area with cable so I can keep my 3 decoders and 90 gig a month.

Good luck to anyone in the same boat. All the new subdivisions do not have cable (Grrr), does not seem that TCL will do the 70m extension anymore (still waiting for a reply from the cable guys about one new house I love which has pretty TCL boxes just around the corner) or you end up in non cabled areas.


With so much RED in TCL's east area this is a real pain. Excuse the vent but so frustrated. Since I game pings matter. I can live with MySky (shame about the gouge on 2nd decoders tho).


Anyone else having any luck?


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  Reply # 506390 14-Aug-2011 19:21
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TCL's network expansion in Christchurch was officially "paused" around restructuring back in 2001. As far as I know it's either still paused, or (probably more likely by now) cancelled. They had completed around 60% of the city when they paused the expansion.

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  Reply # 506412 14-Aug-2011 19:55
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Yeah their coverage is average, IMO describing the network as covering most of Christchurch is a pretty marginal call - its not much more than half of the city.

Would love to know the rationale behind their rollout plan - why left Fendalton, Merivale til the end (and didnt get to them) since they have so many wealthy potential customers. Or maybe Im just bitter that their network ends 600m away from my house.

Aside from the TV requirement (as you know its hard to beat telstra if you have several decoders), DSL isnt so bad. If you are near a cabinet (~1km) then you can get a comparable or better speed for the same price as on the cable network, and with interleaving turned off pings are probably similar. Plus you can get it cheaper than Telstra.

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  Reply # 506503 14-Aug-2011 22:34
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From memory, they stopped the network build because the northwestern part of the city was already covered by Clear's network, and they didn't see the point in overbuilding themselves. I could be wrong on that one tho.

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  Reply # 506594 15-Aug-2011 09:48
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Sadly according to Chorus site nearest cabinet is a long long distance away. Many kms. The people in house across road (from the one I am after) said to me Telecom has zero capacity in area and they only just got Internet via Vodafone after an 8 month wait.

Who knows maybe after all the snow Cabling will finally call me about it. Keeps hoping.

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  Reply # 506599 15-Aug-2011 09:58
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On a related note: I recently moved into a house which is down a r.o.w (we are #5 out of 6 units which run away from the street as opposed to along it). The telstra cable does go directly under my driveway and I thought that I could get the service for sure.


Turns out that it is impractical for them to run a bit of cable down to my unit, so their best suggestion was to send a salesperson around to knock on my neighbours' doors and try to drum up more signups in order to justify the 30m length of cable. 2 of the other units are empty and my 2 closest neighbours are over 70 years old.

So...that sucks.

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  Reply # 507619 16-Aug-2011 22:37
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