BlakJak:stinger:When myself, my wife and two kids all want to stream different video content, ADSL is insufficient. VDSL would probably hav been insufficient too. And don't ask what happens when one of our machines starts background-downloading updates whilst this is occurring. One of the biggest reasons for fatter pipes is the ability to have multiple users doing what they need to do without impinging on everyone else.703: A whole bunch of people being able to stream netflix or youtube without buffering is hardly the business case that the nation should be spending billion of dollars investing in, they go to off shore tech companies which don't even pay tax here.
All the major players (Netflix, Lightbox, Neon, Google and Spotify) pay GST on revenue raised from NZ customers. And if the business case is not for customers who stream video, what is it? I can't think of any other case where ADSL is not sufficient. (for me higher upstream bandwidth helps with my off site backups)
That and the copper network is aging and deteriorates from distance and time so needing to constantly repair / replace it is an ongoing issue.
Fibre doesn't have that problem and as long as it is installed properly (which we all know there are a LOT of dodgy installs!) then it should have a 50 year lifespan. Then upgrading the bits at either end will give you increasing speeds.
That being said I struggle with how an average 4/5 person household would *EVER* need more than 1GB/500Mb service since even 8K content at 50Gbit/s that's a lot of streams concurrently.
But horizontally scaling that to the counties 1.4M+ fixed broadband connections will be interesting. However with the continual growth of CDN traffic from the above video streaming services I see the majority of content being served onshore with only the metadata / auth being offshore and the CDNs being filled at a time convenient to the RSPs.
New Zealand has excellent broadband today with VDSL covering 85% and it will only get better with the ongoing UFB Build. The main issue will be around the 1-3% who live in very rural areas who either can't get mobile coverage or can get coverage but "need" (questionable with 120/240GB plans IMHO) more than today's allocated Mobile Broadband allocation. And for those poor suckers on Conklins Chorus just needs to say "sorry we are shutting them down on x date" and stick to their guns and take the heat.