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Topic # 128611 16-Aug-2013 16:53

Hello threre

I live just North of Te Awamutu in a Semi rural district. For as long as I can remember there has been a major problem getting broadband to new houses or people moving into the area. There just isn't enough broadband ports on the exchange. Is there any person I can appeal to to get more ports installed? 

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  Reply # 879665 16-Aug-2013 16:59
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What town?

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  Reply # 879675 16-Aug-2013 17:27
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Really depends on your location and scenario. Without knowing a lot more details including your actual location nobody is really going to be able to offer you any advice.

It's also worth remembering that going forward xDSL will not be the solution for many rural people. Wireless RBI is the solution for many rural people across the country.


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  Reply # 879751 16-Aug-2013 19:17
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How far north?

There is a cabnet on TeRahu road and another in Ohaupo

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  Reply # 879800 16-Aug-2013 21:10
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I do rural broadband installs in this area, so feel free to flick me an email / PM with some details if you need a solution, including a check of your exchange / upgrades etc.


Chorus has spent $1.4 billion on making their xDSL broadband network faster. If your still stuck on ADSL or VDSL, why not spend from $150 on a master filter install to make sure you are getting the most out of your connection?
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  Reply # 880318 17-Aug-2013 21:25
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Ports are very expensive.

A basic 48 port dslam can cost about $5k - however chorus use ISAMS which use line cards in most cases - so they could be a bit cheaper.

Anyhow the expensive bit is the backhaul.
Chorus has to provide X/kbps per port back to the ISP. This was once a dedicated 48kbps but i think its more now. So this may require trenching in fibre if there is not enough copper backhaul to feed the extra ports.

Then there is the cabinet to hold the equipment/ports and the wiring involved.

Its not a simple job, and chorus have a bunch of staticians whose job it is to work out where to spend the money on expansion based on demand.

The best thing you can do is either
1) The person creating the subdivision has the option of paying for the required broadband equipment to be installed, rather than just extending the copper telephone plant- when the cost goes from $50k to $150k most property developers will decide not to though. They can ask for this when they get the telephone wiring put into the streets.

2) Register yourself on a waiting list for DSL service in your area. One would assume the longer waiting lists get the service sooner - though RBI has probably adjusted this somewhat with chorus now able to say that even though there are many people in one area, they can go to RBI because its cheaper on a per user basis to install in an area with a smaller waiting list.

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  Reply # 881757 20-Aug-2013 19:53
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How existing exchange users will be affected when new ports are added?
In Pirongia, next to Te Awamutu, broadband speed goes down to ridiculous during peak hours.
I can get 4.5 Mbps during daytime but for example now it is barely over 1Mbps, yesterday 0.6Mbps.

Feels like internet dark ages :p

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  Reply # 881765 20-Aug-2013 19:59
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Sounds like you're connected (or can't get connected) to a Conklin.

Check on the Chorus Maps:

If you are a Telecom customer message me your home phone line number and I can look it up.

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  Reply # 881775 20-Aug-2013 20:17
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PIR exchange is an asam with limited backhaul

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