Reader Comments on Aardvark Daily 13 December 2001
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From: Peter Belt For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: JetStart Telecom can't have it both ways. On the one hand they disallow "servers" as per their Terms and Conditions, but they are at the very same time pushing you into MSN Messenger, which - you guessed it, is a server application as well. In my opinion this won't stand up in court. Jetstart is a flat fee for no volume charging. T&C state no servers, but Xtra aka MSN want you to run MSN Messenger - promoting it heavily. This is inconsistent. What will it be Telecom? Only pre-approved applications can be run? From: Simon For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: DSL pricing 90% of the reason that DSL costs so much is the cost of International bandwidth. Right now pricing is such that one 128k customer can use over $400 of bandwidth each month if they use their link continiously. At $30 or so per customer you need a lot of low use users to compensate for one high-use one. The problem is that Southern Cross is still too expensive (even if you purchase large amounts on multi-year contracts) for ISPs to make money. The Southern Cross cable has a capacity (right now) of over 60Gb/s , the total bandwidth usage of all New Zealand Internet users is only 1 or 2 Gb/s and total phone useage is probally not much higher. Public releases by Southern Cross seem to gloss over these figures, I'm sure Xtra and all the other ISPs would love to offer flat-rate 512k DSL for $30 per month, the sole reason they can't is they cost of International bandwidth. From: Joe Dydowicz For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: Telecom Jet Stream >Couldn't they effectively control the problem by using >asymetric data rates and limiting the outbound stream to >33.6Kbps just like a dial-up modem? If they did this then >a JetStart user would represent no more of a bandwidth >burden than any other computer running P2P over dialup. What about the users of Jetstart that use it mostly for the latentcy factor of a 128k up and downstream? Limiting the upstream to them would make it no more than a glorified modem. Considering the pitiful offerings for any other "higher than a dial-up modem" (We will not go into details of my latest fiasco of trying to find something 'better') in the Auckland region at least, at a comparable price, its better than nothing. As usual, the NZ Net Users that want something a bit more than a normal 56K modem connection (more than 5.6K downsteam/3.3k upsteam) at a reasonable price has to stand around with one hand grabbing their ankle and the other on thier wallet saying "do it to me again!". Maybe Telecom should realize what the meaning of "flat rate" means to the world outside their corporate offices.. From: Hank For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: Telecom Is it Telecom, or Teleban? Grateful we don't have to put up with same in the U.S.. Our DSL just gets better and better. Guess competion is the great motivator here. My DSL was $39.95(US) per month and the modem was free. Worth every penny! From: Ian For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: Coverage... For those lucky enough to live in Wellington we have an ISP down here who offers cable access as an alternative to Telecom / Xtra... For about $75-80 per month, 128k upstream, 256k downstream, 5Gigabytes of traffic per month, fixed IP's, server allowed, only one outage I've seen in the last 8 - 9 months. Its all coverage I guess... From: Richard Gray For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: P2P on Jetstart Your article on the proposed ban on P2P services on jetstart is slightly misleading. My understanding is that the ban is being imposed by XTRA rather than Telecom (and I realise that they are fairly interchangeable). If you're using the Jetstart service with another ISP then this should be a non issue. From the sound of things on nz.comp and the nz adsl mailing list, XTRA is the wrong isp to be with if you want optimal performance from your jetstart anyway. Aardvark Responds You're right -- I have equated Telecom with XTRA, simply because their profits both eventually go into the same pot. However, the point you make is a valid one and prospective JetStart users would be well advised to shop around for an ISP which offers less onerous restrictions as to its use.Hit Reload For Latest Comments
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