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# 94820 19-Dec-2011 18:04
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With Chorus commitment to the government ordered 10Mbps to 80% of New Zealanders by the end of 2011 coming to a conclusion, I was how accurate their achievement really is... On the broadband availability tool on their website, my address is in the '10Mbps zone', as is most of Auckland.

However, due to the distance from the exchange and my area not being cabinetised, I can squeeze out about 7Mbps maximum. I imagine the same could be said for many other non-cabinetised properties in Auckland.

So have Chorus taken into account that not all of the population within their '10Mbps' zone are getting 10Mbps in the 80% 10Mbps+ promise, or are they not being entirely honest regarding the success of their rollout?

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  # 559733 19-Dec-2011 18:41
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The biggest issue to overcome is internal wiring. People can be 200m from a cabinet but if they have multiple jackpoints and use plug in filters they could easily be seeing a connection rate of 8Mbps when they should really be seeing 16Mbps.

What is your internal wiring like? If you don't have a master filter installed with ADSL2+ you will never get the maximum sync rate that is possible. Plug in filters can't fix problems such as reflections on the line caused by multiple jackpoints wired in series - the standard configuration in 99% of NZ homes.

Anybody who works for an ISP can do a Chorus prequal on a line and see theoretical speeds, it would be interesting to see what you should theoretically be getting vs what you are seeing.

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  # 559735 19-Dec-2011 18:45
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Trust me, it's not my wiring, the line has been checked by chorus and repaired (for water damage) and the tech said my sync speed was about the best I could expect, internal wiring is pristine (nDSL with 1 jackpoint and cat5 throughout), and attenuation and sync speeds are in line with what you would expect at my distance from the Mt Eden exchange (at the very corner of it's coverage).

The fact is I cannot get the 10Mbps speed one would expect being in a 10Mbps zone through no fault of my own.


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  # 559856 20-Dec-2011 10:07
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"(at the very corner of it's coverage)."

this would be why.

I believe that the coverage maps are approximate (i.e. a few people within the zone will not be able to get 10mbps, but some people outside the zone will be able to get it), so the 80% number would have been built to allow for this.

I used to live in a similar zone and the rollout date for my cabinet was Jan 2012 - so maybe they are running 1 month late?

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