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Topic # 87083 19-Jul-2011 15:15
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http://www.hawkesbaytoday.co.nz/business/news/unisonfibre-sticks-to-network-pledge/3959908/



So, in this it basicly says that houses with smart meters have a fibre connection to the smart meter that is used to monitor the network.
 
If orion blew fibre along side every house in christchurch's mains power, why didn't they also put in a fibre for internet, they could have made millions.
 
am i missing something? 





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  Reply # 495322 19-Jul-2011 15:47
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Generally speaking, smart meters connect to a neighbourhood 'server' via RF over the powerlines, and these 'servers' will have fibre connectivity back to head office.

"Eventually all households would have Smart Meters on their premises to offer power-consumption options and at the same time provide fibre internet connections." This isnt phrased particularly well, i think it means that smart meters will be installed at roughly the same time as fibre to the home, but are not actually related.

Installing smart meters in every house =/= running fibre to every house

In Chch, enable networks (CCNL), which is owned by CCC (as is Orion) has been running fibre through the CBD and a few other commercial areas. Also complicating matters is that its not Orion pushing the smart meters, it is the power retailers, e.g our smart meter was installed by meridian, but sends its communicates over Orion's powerlines



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  Reply # 495344 19-Jul-2011 16:24
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ohhhhhhhhhhh. i get it now. i just hoped they'd be like oh yes and you can have internet over it too for this much money. *jumps at opportunity*





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  Reply # 495585 20-Jul-2011 09:14
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hamish225: http://www.hawkesbaytoday.co.nz/business/news/unisonfibre-sticks-to-network-pledge/3959908/



So, in this it basicly says that houses with smart meters have a fibre connection to the smart meter that is used to monitor the network.
 
If orion blew fibre along side every house in christchurch's mains power, why didn't they also put in a fibre for internet, they could have made millions.
 
am i missing something? 


In Christchurch, its a wireless mesh with occasional drops to a hard line. 

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