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# 18661 18-Jan-2008 18:08
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I'm not exactly sure if this is the right place to place this in, but it is related to broadband and fast internet connections.

As per the title, our family signed up to the doomed "First Media" Cable TV package by Telecom in 1997. (For people who haven't even heard of it, here is the opening press release and the ending press release 2 years later.)


I was wondering if it is still connected to something/somewhere that it can be utilised for broadband;

- OR -

I can utilise the cable already installed and get broadband.


Does anyone know about this? (Yeah, I still got the remote and set top box Smile )




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  # 105569 18-Jan-2008 18:13
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In Wellington the overhead HFC network that was deployed in Silverstream and inner Wgtn City Suburbs (Wadestown, Thorndon and Mt Vic) has all been removed. The network in Lower Hutt and Whitby still exists however is not hooked up to anything so if of no use for anything.



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  # 105570 18-Jan-2008 18:14
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I'm in Auckland, so any one with info there?




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  # 105578 18-Jan-2008 19:44
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Thanks manhinli, I have been trying to remember the name of the company who did this for the past year or so. Smile

I am afraid to say all that cable that around Auckland is now dark fibre e.g. its not in use & I think telecom owns it Frown

Lets hope one day telecom will sell it ( I don’t think that will every happen)


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  # 105580 18-Jan-2008 19:46
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I was wishing that if it was free that another provider can connect from the roadside and have some sort of cable broadband, but it seems it's not likely.




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  # 105796 20-Jan-2008 14:43
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sbiddle: In Wellington the overhead HFC network that was deployed in Silverstream and inner Wgtn City Suburbs (Wadestown, Thorndon and Mt Vic) has all been removed. The network in Lower Hutt and Whitby still exists however is not hooked up to anything so if of no use for anything.

I'm pretty sure that some of the equipment remains (underground) in Silverstream, I used to walk past it on my way to St Pats.




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  # 105808 20-Jan-2008 15:58
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munchkin:
sbiddle: In Wellington the overhead HFC network that was deployed in Silverstream and inner Wgtn City Suburbs (Wadestown, Thorndon and Mt Vic) has all been removed. The network in Lower Hutt and Whitby still exists however is not hooked up to anything so if of no use for anything.

I'm pretty sure that some of the equipment remains (underground) in Silverstream, I used to walk past it on my way to St Pats.


Most of the network up there was overhead but there could easily be some underground cable as well. Lower Hutt and Whitby were underground so still have all the round green boxes with the coax and tap's in them.

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  # 105814 20-Jan-2008 16:32
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sbiddle:

Most of the network up there was overhead but there could easily be some underground cable as well. Lower Hutt and Whitby were underground so still have all the round green boxes with the coax and tap's in them.

Yep, there are several side streets that have no overhead cables so they have those instead.

I'm surprised that Telecom haven't utilised these for something, if and when Telecom eventually roll out IPTV, these could be quite an addition to whatever services are offered.




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  # 110346 13-Feb-2008 11:20
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Excuse the post-dredging here, But i only came across this topic yesterday.

Having worked for telstraclear i'd always wondered about the cable gear everywhere, so decided to scout it out, It seems to cover a huge portion of the eastern suburbs aswell as parnell/remuera/st johns/mt wellington.

Perhaps we could show enough interest that maybe telecom might consider a HFC internet rollout? Hell, I'd put up with their rubbish support for 20/4mbit, given i run an e-business from home.

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  # 110382 13-Feb-2008 14:04
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Wiretap:
Perhaps we could show enough interest that maybe telecom might consider a HFC internet rollout? Hell, I'd put up with their rubbish support for 20/4mbit, given i run an e-business from home.

That would be a great idea, but how? And with Telecom being 'split up' who would own the abandoned HFC network?
It seems like Telecom have a great asset here that isn't being used at all.




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