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  Reply # 48152 10-Oct-2006 06:47
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Telecom are the winner on the day.


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Reply # 48154 10-Oct-2006 07:18
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sbiddle: IMHO this only says one thing - Vodafone honestly do not believe that HSDPA will be able to offer a true alternative to fixed line broadband for quite some time..



When Vodafone first proprosed their plan to offer their own local calling product, the first question raised was how their customers would access the Internet if they were to drop their copper lines. I believe that 3G Broadband will be a feasible solution for many, and Ihug will now offer an alternative for those who have more demanding needs in terms of speed and data caps.

From that point of view, this acquisition is not as surprising as it initially seemed.

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Vodafug - I like it! Who wouldn't want an email address with that name!!??

Cool

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Reply # 48162 10-Oct-2006 08:29
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Russell Stanners was interviewed on Radio Live this morning. I missed most of the interview when the bus entered the tunnel, but it was interesting to hear him say that he sees mobile broadband users outnumbering fixed broadband users. It seems to me that their intention is for Ihug to fill a niche which their wireless network will be unable to cater for in the forseeable future.

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Reply # 48163 10-Oct-2006 08:34
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sbiddle: Telecom are the winner on the day.



How did you come to this

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  Reply # 48166 10-Oct-2006 09:55
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johnr:
sbiddle: Telecom are the winner on the day.



How did you come to this


The fact that ihug have simply become yet another Telecom reseller reselling phone and internet services. After promising to take advantage of ULL ihug seemed to have changed paths and committed themselves to simply being yet another retail outlet for Telecom.

This of course may change since Vodafone obviously have the money to take advantage of ULL and install their own network gear.


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  Reply # 48167 10-Oct-2006 10:05
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cranz: I just saw you caught wind of this :) Tomorrow's media conference will be rather interesting


It wasn't... Frown




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  Reply # 48168 10-Oct-2006 10:07
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Jama: Doesn't rationalisation of the ISP industry = less competition?


Yes, it does.






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Reply # 48169 10-Oct-2006 10:16
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juha:
cranz: I just saw you caught wind of this :) Tomorrow's media conference will be rather interesting


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  Reply # 48174 10-Oct-2006 10:48
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alasta: Russell Stanners was interviewed on Radio Live this morning. I missed most of the interview when the bus entered the tunnel, but it was interesting to hear him say that he sees mobile broadband users outnumbering fixed broadband users. It seems to me that their intention is for Ihug to fill a niche which their wireless network will be unable to cater for in the forseeable future.
The niche is "heavy users".





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Reply # 48175 10-Oct-2006 10:57
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freitasm:  The niche is "heavy users".

The "leeches" who use more than 1GB a month?

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  Reply # 48194 10-Oct-2006 13:21
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thats good news ~~~~~~

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Reply # 48195 10-Oct-2006 13:21
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freitasm:
alasta: It seems to me that their intention is for Ihug to fill a niche which their wireless network will be unable to cater for in the forseeable future.
The niche is "heavy users".



That's exactly what I was thinking. To many people on Geekzone, the thought of surviving with a data cap of 1Gb or 2Gb may be horrifying, but I have a feeling that this would be sufficient to cater for the majority of the wider population.

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alasta: That's exactly what I was thinking. To many people on Geekzone, the thought of surviving with a data cap of 1Gb or 2Gb may be horrifying, but I have a feeling that this would be sufficient to cater for the majority of the wider population.


Heh. Never run WUpdate, do you?




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juha:
alasta: That's exactly what I was thinking. To many people on Geekzone, the thought of surviving with a data cap of 1Gb or 2Gb may be horrifying, but I have a feeling that this would be sufficient to cater for the majority of the wider population.


Heh. Never run WUpdate, do you?


Rumour has it IE7's included in the latest update tonight / tomorrow - wonder how big that puppy will be?




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