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Topic # 151207 17-Aug-2014 20:11
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Parents are in the process of building a new house. We have contacted Vodafone, as that is their current provider, to arrange install of a new landline  to a new house they are in the process of building. Vodafone are telling us the price is $45 per meter, for cable and trunking, dig your own trench plus an hourly labour cost. 

I was of the opinion that it does sound a bit pricy for cable/trunking. Electrician and builder are telling us that the per meter cost sounds a bit extreme. 

Has anyone had a new line put in as of late, if so can you advise the cost. The run to the box is around 10M I would guess. 

They are building in Wardronville Dunedin which looks like it isn't getting UFB at all. 


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  Reply # 1110132 17-Aug-2014 21:25
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Usually its done at the same tome powers put in as its in the same trench - sparkie ahould b able to aupply the conduit and telecom cabling

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  Reply # 1110176 17-Aug-2014 22:16
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Friends out here (Marlborough Sounds) were quoted $100/m to run a landline to their new house. They went with VF Home Phone Wireless instead.


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  Reply # 1110184 17-Aug-2014 22:29
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Is this in a built-up/urban area, or somewhere rural? The rate can differ depending on where the line is being installed.

Edit: do you mean Waldronville?

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  Reply # 1110190 17-Aug-2014 22:38
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Correct, Waldronville. I would class it as urban. Urban enough to have VDSL, but not urban enough for UFB anyway..

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  Reply # 1110231 18-Aug-2014 07:19

Its not really that much, if you think its too expensive why not dig your own conduit?

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  Reply # 1110777 18-Aug-2014 20:01
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It does sound expensive if they are charging additional for labour and aren't digging anything.

The cost of twisted pair underground cable is around $1 a meter
The cost of ducting around $5 a meter
The cost of plastic warning tape for a buried underground cable I'd estimate to be cheaper than the cable.

So at less than $7 a meter, their markup is quite a bit.

If that included labour and callout for a short run cable lay however, their pricing if inclusive seems quite reasonable.

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  Reply # 1110819 18-Aug-2014 20:58
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People are expensive, including installers and the people who organise everything. Does seem a bit steep though.

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  Reply # 1110886 18-Aug-2014 22:36
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I am fairly certain service leads are still flat rate - around $100. The meter charges only apply to rural service leads longer than 60m.

I find Telecom are the best provider for customers to talk to about arranging this. The others just don't really seem to be able to figure it out - who knows why.

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  Reply # 1110906 18-Aug-2014 23:31

Think about the fees.

Call out charge - petrol/wear and tear on van.
Time - 2 people @ $70-$80/hr
Margins - @ $10-$15/hr

Lets say the avg house takes 6 hours to hook up. These costs can get big very quick.

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  Reply # 1110980 19-Aug-2014 07:11
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Get your sparky to source the conduit, dig and install plus put in two draw wires. Make sure the ETP is in a good place and try not to have lots of bends.   

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