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  Reply # 906849 3-Oct-2013 07:41
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HAHAHA good stuff, what I would do for the property behind us is simply say "hey.. Want better speeds?? I've got  Cable over here... Pay for half the internet bill and I can run a ethernet cable to you guys ???"

Well could do that but I'm not that nasty, plus my boss is paying the internet bill so I don't care that much :)
This connection costs £36.75 (NZ$71) per month and there is no bandwidth cap although the legally required torrent-site filter is in place :/

What is frustrating in the UK (and I'm sure in NZ as well) is that most bigger towns only have the phone exchange in the town centre.
This means that if you are in an outlying suburb further than 2km from the town centre your ADSL connectivity will be less than 10mbit.
BT has recently launched a new VDSL service (Infinity) that can achieve quite good speeds if you're close to the exchange, but the majority of suburbs are outside the 2km zone therefore rendering the service useless. There is one section of the town that is 5km out and they don't even get normal ADSL faster than 1mbit.
A private company has set up a WiFi service with a 100mbit fiber lead in order to provide "reasonable" internet speeds to the neighbourhood.

Moral of this story, even though FAST connections (like the one I have) are available and working well in the UK, there is still a vast amount of the population that despite not living in a rural area struggle to get a decent broadband speed.


New Zealand is very different and has some of the best connectivity in the world with one of the world's best FTTN networks. 84% of premises have access to 10+ Mbps and just under 50% have access to VDSL2 delivering between 30Mbps and 70Mbps down and 10Mbps up depending on your location.

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  Reply # 923327 29-Oct-2013 00:42
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benokobi: Location: Invercargill

ISP: Telecom NZ

Plan: Ultra VDSL 500gb

Connection VDSL

SPEED TESTNormally around 25-35 download.

Heres a improved test 

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