DonGould:Battleneter:Of course Telecom owns half of the Southern Cross Company and the CEO is ex NZ Telecom management. They "say" it costs $1-$2 per gig. I do not trust these figures from Southern Cross any more than Telecom for obviouse reasons. I am surprised people are so quick to believe these figures including the media (actually not surprised there).
Given the amount of data that is moved across that cable I would expect that those figures aren't to much off the mark.
You want the price to go down then we have to start moving some real data.
That won't happen untill we can get data to and from users.
For a start the cost is measured in capacity sold not GB's. I "assume" they are using some sort of GB's moved over maximum load/time calculation.
So you trust a company 50% owned by NZ Telecom and run by an ex(re deployed) Telecom manager to give you accurate figures on the TRUE cost INT capacity? umm lol I don't know what to say.
Lets keep in mind these $1-2$ prices are not independently verified by anyone other than Southern Cross, the Other ISP's are merely repeating what they are CHARGED by Southern Cross/Telecom.
These costs "may" be fair, however you would have to be very trusting to believe it without some sort of independent verification given Telecoms history lol.