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  # 937246 19-Nov-2013 12:26
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Note that out of 320,000 possible connections, only 14,000 are currently being used...



An unrealistic, but possible idea, is to add a "copper" fee to customers who choose to not switch to fibre when they have been confirmed by there current ISP that they can switch at no extra cost to them. Of course situations would void this, such as shared driveways, ISPs that don't yet support fibre, and ISPs that don't yet have VoIP services, but a possible idea in the future if Fibre uptake remains low.

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  # 937256 19-Nov-2013 12:40
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Alternatively, make fibre the "default" product in areas where it has been rolled out, so that the customer needs to specifically ask for copper. No extra fees, just more effort required.

 
 
 
 


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  # 937269 19-Nov-2013 13:07
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freitasm: 

Note that out of 320,000 possible connections, only 14,000 are currently being used...



Yes, but, while infrastructure is in place to 320k connections, how many of those do the 2 main ISP's (telecom/vodafone) service?

I was all set to join telecom earlier this year with them having announced a UFB go-live last year.   But, when telecom did go live they missed out much of the country. I pointed this out on GZ and someone from telecom said that it should not have been a surprise as it was well known. But I went through the telecom press releases and couldn't find any mention of this opt-out. 

And, the latest chorus debacle is going to impede uptake. 

I wonder, even if UFB were cheaper than copper the UFB uptake still wouldn't be much higher.  The reason is customer inertia.

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  # 937348 19-Nov-2013 15:13
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AidanS:
freitasm: 

Note that out of 320,000 possible connections, only 14,000 are currently being used...



An unrealistic, but possible idea, is to add a "copper" fee to customers who choose to not switch to fibre when they have been confirmed by there current ISP that they can switch at no extra cost to them. Of course situations would void this, such as shared driveways, ISPs that don't yet support fibre, and ISPs that don't yet have VoIP services, but a possible idea in the future if Fibre uptake remains low.

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Except in alot of cases, lots of contracts etc. for the signup, people hate contracts/

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  # 937353 19-Nov-2013 15:18
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Lazarui:

Except in alot of cases, lots of contracts etc. for the signup, people hate contracts/


Yea, exactly..

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