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# 143582 19-Apr-2014 20:39
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OK. So I live at about here
38° 2'42.03"S


Ngongotaha, Rotorua 3072, New Zealand


Current Internet is ADSL via Telecom. Getting about 7MB/1MB during good times... Much less during bad times.

Work from home quite a bit so looking to get something better. I'm rural... though pretty high density rural.

I've pulled the share files from Chorus and know where my various cabinets are. I am pretty sure I am fed off our local exchange which is at 1 Central Road, Rotorua


Ngongotaha, Rotorua 3072, New Zealand


It's about 1.2km to the exchange and about 1km and 1.3km in the other direction to two cabinets scheduled for RBI upgrade. There is some RBI fibre up around the corner but nothing within about 3km at the moment and certainly noting with easy line of sight.

I'm not an expert on WTF is going on with this whole roll out so a few questions I'm hoping the experts here might be able to answer.

1. How do I work out what's likely to land for me once the local RBI upgrades go in. Will it ever get to VDSL?
2. I've found the RBI Fibre map on the Chorus site, is there any way to find out what their planned access fibre rollout looks like? Is there any way to influence this? I'm happy to spend a few thousand dollars on an install; would $5k-$10k be able to influence the routing of fibre past my door? I'm sure it's got to go past there to get from the Exchange to the cabinets.
3. Can I just have Chorus run fibre from the exchange to my house? What's a 1.2km run likely to cost?
4. I have excellent line of site to the big (Kordia?) mast on Mt Ngongotaha. Any idea who I could buy last-mile services via that off?
5. Any other thoughts? My current plan is to wait and see what lands with the RBI upgrades and if it still sucks then I'll to a PtP wireless bridge back to town and terminate a fibre connection somewhere on one of the hills. Have some Ubiquiti PowerBridge M5 units ready to rock and a suitable location on the hill. But, if I can make something happen for a few $k then I'd rather be on a supported configuration.


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  # 1027911 19-Apr-2014 20:49
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3) You will need to win a major lotto prize think of the cost of getting it under ground and Chorus is not a retail service provider

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  # 1027922 19-Apr-2014 21:04
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1.2km fibre run? Maybe $20-$50k just as a ballpark figure. And then HSNS costs per month starting at around $500 + ISP costs.

Looking at the Chorus coverage map it looks like you'll be connected to a new RBI cabinet (actually the Kaharoa exchange) by Jun 2015 and will be right on the edge of VDSL2 coverage.


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  # 1027927 19-Apr-2014 21:20
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Likely to be any cheaper if there is already ducting outside the front gate?

There is distribution fibre running past the front gate.

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  # 1027929 19-Apr-2014 21:25
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cauld: Likely to be any cheaper if there is already ducting outside the front gate?

There is distribution fibre running past the front gate.

The likelihood is extremely low of it being able to be used, it's not designed to simply be tapped into.  Those areas which can get RBI fibre are on the coverage maps on the Chorus website.

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