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# 141326 8-Mar-2014 20:09
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In my view, Chorus is now a very interesting company.

Earlier in the week someone was a little insulting and expressed their frustration in terms of 'monkeys'.  I agree with MF that name calling is not in order, and pondered since that I might make some comment.


The people that the poster was talking about aren't even working for Chorus, or at least, they're employed by Transfield and Downers, two contracting companies.

I had an interesting conversation with a friend as I was relaying comments made here.  He commented "actually, it's not far from the truth... many of the folk they employ are from countries where monkeys actually come from'.  He wasn't attempting to be funny but was actually being factual.

I can fully understand peoples frustrations when it comes to getting things fixed.

How many of you actually understand the dynamics of why we have these foreign workers working on our copper network and not the guys who built it and really understand it?

I suggest that there are a number of reasons that we need to consider and respect.

aa.  At present we're head down, bum up, building a new fibre network to 75% of homes.  This means that we have a truck load of 'the normal guys' doing design work and managing the building of a new network at the same time as trying to keep the existing one afloat.

bb.  World peace relies on different cultures knowing different cultures.  Chorus, Transfield and Downers, in my view, do a fantastic job of providing employment to a broad range of foreign folk.  This is very VERY important to New Zealand.  These are smart people who communicate well with other people in their native countries and bring us more tourists and more opportunities and helps to break down barriers.

This also helps to open doors of you (average kiwi student interested in working over seas).

cc.  Many of the guys who built our network are getting to retirement age and today's youth are not interested in training in copper skills and working on our aged networks in companies that don't appear to present much opportunity for advancement due to their retrenching size.

"DONT CARE JUST FIX MY COPPER NOW!!!"

I also think we need a little call to order on the copper/fibre migration issues.

So far we've now past 300,000 homes with less than 5% uptake.

New fibre is going to be truck loads more reliable than old copper.  That's a key reason for building this stuff.

We're just not connecting people and we should be!

Every single customer we take off the old dated copper network gets us a step closer to shutting it down and freeing up tech time to build fibre faster and deal with far less copper faults.

So, in short...

Let's show some real respect and appreciation to the folk who are still looking after our aging copper and help them out by getting people off it faster!

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Disclaimer:  I don't work for any of these companies and they don't provide me with any direct employment or gain that I know of.  In face I am working on being more of a competitor.  I personally feel that we need to show folk working hard in this industry as much respect as we call.  I accept any comment that I haven't always been good at that either... perhaps with more gray hair I'm trying to get better at it! ;)







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  # 1001441 8-Mar-2014 20:56
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is visionstream that far up the tree at this point that they arent worth mentioning?




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  # 1001443 8-Mar-2014 20:58
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cc. Many of the guys who built our network are getting to retirement age and today's youth are not interested in training in copper skills and working on our aged networks in companies that don't appear to present much opportunity for advancement due to their retrenching size.


I am 18 and very keen to be a chorus tech as i hate sitting at a desk. I have applied to be a technician multiple times to be turned down.

 
 
 
 


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  # 1001444 8-Mar-2014 21:09
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TimA: 

I am 18 and very keen to be a chorus tech as i hate sitting at a desk. I have applied to be a technician multiple times to be turned down.


There would have to be a pretty good reason to turn you down, maybe overqualified?




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  # 1001448 8-Mar-2014 21:18
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overkill:
TimA: 

I am 18 and very keen to be a chorus tech as i hate sitting at a desk. I have applied to be a technician multiple times to be turned down.


There would have to be a pretty good reason to turn you down, maybe overqualified?


in my personal experience, i found them not to be interested due to lack of experience in the area of "people skills", regardless of the technical knowledge and knowhow that your already bringing, which you would be using in a daily basis out in the field..


end of the day, i tried awhile back, because i thought i could do better than the "monkeys" that get sent out - when your a supervisor, and you cant argue the technical basis around resistance of cables, they earned being called "monkeys".






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  # 1001450 8-Mar-2014 21:21
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overkill:
TimA: 

I am 18 and very keen to be a chorus tech as i hate sitting at a desk. I have applied to be a technician multiple times to be turned down.


There would have to be a pretty good reason to turn you down, maybe overqualified?


overqualified at age 18?   pretty unlikely.


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  # 1001454 8-Mar-2014 21:48
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Haha if people think they can do a better job and handle the pressure some of the guys are under - ican organise a day or a week outin the field with me and you can see what its like

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  # 1001456 8-Mar-2014 21:53
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Cbfd: Haha if people think they can do a better job and handle the pressure some of the guys are under - ican organise a day or a week outin the field with me and you can see what its like


Couldn't have said it better myself. I'm a chorus tech sat here laughing at all the people claiming the techs are monkeys and they could do a better job.

 
 
 
 


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  # 1001457 8-Mar-2014 21:56
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Cbfd: Haha if people think they can do a better job and handle the pressure some of the guys are under - ican organise a day or a week outin the field with me and you can see what its like

I like that, a Geekzone Chorus day out :)




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  # 1001458 8-Mar-2014 22:01
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PoHq:
Cbfd: Haha if people think they can do a better job and handle the pressure some of the guys are under - ican organise a day or a week outin the field with me and you can see what its like


Couldn't have said it better myself. I'm a chorus tech sat here laughing at all the people claiming the techs are monkeys and they could do a better job.


Thirded and I only started at Transfield three weeks ago!

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  # 1001459 8-Mar-2014 22:01
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@dongould fibre isnt going to outlast the copper - as the stuff they are puting in has a life of 25 years and alot of the copper in the grpund is 40+ years old.

Also fibre isnt as reliable as copper :)

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  # 1001460 8-Mar-2014 22:01
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The guys the contractors get are fairly conversant with the technologies and require minimal initial training compared with starting untrained folk. (ie: they are productive quicker.) I was told this a few years ago by a Transfield regional contract manager.

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  # 1001461 8-Mar-2014 22:02
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@allanloveday which big t depot you at :)

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  # 1001463 8-Mar-2014 22:05
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NonprayingMantis:
overkill:
TimA: 

I am 18 and very keen to be a chorus tech as i hate sitting at a desk. I have applied to be a technician multiple times to be turned down.


There would have to be a pretty good reason to turn you down, maybe overqualified?


overqualified at age 18?   pretty unlikely.



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  # 1001467 8-Mar-2014 22:11
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Cbfd: @allanloveday which big t depot you at :)


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  # 1001468 8-Mar-2014 22:11
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To be honest, I don't think most people that have issues with Chorus have problems with the technicians / contractors sent out, but more as Chorus as a company. As someone who works with DSL / UFB on a daily basis (and I must say, does complain about Chorus' processes a fair bit) I don't think I've ever had, or heard of any problems with the technicians - But more with the organisations of getting those technicians out to clients to fix / deploy solutions on these copper networks.

As for getting everyone on to Fibre, I think RSPs really need to start pushing the positive benefits of Fibre (i.e reliability) as a 5% uptake seems incredibly low, given that there's no real additional cost for Fibre over DSL to those RSPs!






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