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Topic # 29469 8-Jan-2009 09:14
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Hi All,

Quick question:

I have checked out Telecom's ADSL2+ rollout here as suggested by helpful people.  According to the tool our house will not be hooked up to Telecom ADSL2+ until Oct 2010 or thereabouts.

At the same time, Orcon tells me that I can hook up to their super duper "next generation" broadband already.

My question is - does Orcon already have their own ADSL2+ infrastructure in place?

If that is the case then presumeably moving to Orcon would give us faster broadband now, instead of at the end of next year.

I hope someone knows the answer.

Cheers!

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  Reply # 188173 8-Jan-2009 10:27
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Yes, Orcon have ADSL2+ equipment in the exchanges.

What exchange are you conencted to, and how far away are you?




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  Reply # 188178 8-Jan-2009 11:03
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At the moment I am with Xtra, and connected to the Onehunga exchange.  I am 3.9 km from the exchange.Frown

BTW... I have just found this interesting site provided by the NZ Government (nice to see they do something for our tax dollars!)

Apparently Orcon is part of the "Telecom Group: Fibre Optic Network" group.  According to this there is a fibre optic end point less than a kilometre from our house.  I wonder if this is what we would be hooked up to if we went with Orcon?

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 188181 8-Jan-2009 11:10
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Since you are a big distance from the exchange, moving to ADSL2+ won't make much difference to your sync speed. You might find that you are actually connected to ADSL2+ already, as the Onehunga exchange would have been upgraded a while ago.

However in saying that, since Orcon manage their own equipment, they are able to tweak your profile on the DSLAM to give you a better sync speed, so you might seen an improvement.

When I moved to Orcon, my sync jumped from 4.5Mbit to 6.5Mbit and I am around 3.5km from the exchange.

(But I would say that, since I work for them).

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  Reply # 188201 8-Jan-2009 13:39
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The Onehunga exchange is already ADSL2+ upgraded. The date that checker gives you is the the date for a roadside cabinet to be installed in your area.

Moving to Orcon will provide no additional benefits due to the fact your distance from the exchange will be limiting you to sub-ADSL2+ speeds.

Once the cabinet is installed however, this has the effect of bringing the equipment closer to you. Obviously this reduces the distance between you and the ADSL equipment. Therefore you should see a significant benefit in terms of connection rates.




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  Reply # 188315 9-Jan-2009 00:14
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Attobrute: At the moment I am with Xtra, and connected to the Onehunga exchange.  I am 3.9 km from the exchange.Frown

BTW... I have just found this interesting site provided by the NZ Government (nice to see they do something for our tax dollars!)

Apparently Orcon is part of the "Telecom Group: Fibre Optic Network" group.  According to this there is a fibre optic end point less than a kilometre from our house.  I wonder if this is what we would be hooked up to if we went with Orcon?

No, you'll be on the same physical line back to the exchange.

We were changed to the Orcon+ network a couple of months ago.  Our sync speed increased from about 5 to 8 mbps, and there was a noticeable performance increase.  But if you're getting reasonable performance now, I'd suggest that you wait for a cabinet.  This will give you much faster broadband than Orcon can give you at the moment.  Also, no one is really sure how ISPs like Orcon are going to get access to the cabinets.  This should be sorted in the next few months.




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