Reader Comments on Aardvark Daily 18 December 2001
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From: David Annett For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: ADSL charges The maths is simple. The high cost of ADSL can't be the cost of international data traffic. When I do 1.2GB on Jetstream Telecom charge me ~20c MB for the local traffic to Paradise. Paradise then charge me less than 2c MB for my traffic much of which is international. Therefore either local traffic is much more expensive that international or Telecom is ripping me off. Telecom is not suppling me any international data so that can not be the reason. If I could change to another provider I would but there is no one else in New Zealand that will let me stay online all the time with a static IP address at a reasonable cost. Look at the players in the market. Ihug won't let you stay online with a fixed IP address. Clear have wasted years without laying cables. If they had started digging up the streets 10 years ago they could have been sitting pretty now instead of being another also ran. Telstra-Saturn would would appear to be the only hope on the horizion but I don't expect to see them in my street any time soon. Off course local loop unbundling could change things quickly but no one in goverment has enough spine to tackle that one. From: James For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: Move To Wellington Down here in Wellington we are one up on most of country. We have a cable operation from TelstraSaturn/Clear and broadband is a flatrate. So move to Wellington it is the techcity of the country. From: Matthew Poole For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: NZ's domestic bandwidth situation is globally unique Nowhere else in the world are there institutions such as WIX or the APE, where national ISPs can peer with each other. The benefits of this situation make Telecon's charging scheme a farce. They can't justify their charges on any level - They don't supply bandwidth for the majority of customers. Of course, if the ISP is making use of the Fast IP Direct service that Telecon is not allowing anyone else to sign up to (poor babies facing more traffic than anticipated?), then the ISP should be passing the charges back to the user. The government needs to come in and tell Telecon where to get off - They are stifling the local market, and none of our employees at the Beehive really seem to give a toss. From: Simon For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: ADSL Charges > When I ran my piece last week on XTRA's JetStart service > I was told by several readers that the main reason we > don't have a true flat-rate broadband service in NZ, and the > reason that you end up paying by the megabyte is because > the cost of international bandwidth is still incredibly high. What is annoying about this is the fact that its Telecom doing the charging, not the ISP. Its not Telecoms international bandwidth its useing, its the ISP. ISP's like IHUG have the software to determine if your traffic is local or international and bill accordingly. Its what they use for their Ultra system, but with the billing model that telecom have come up with its impossible. They have been cunning and made it so all isp's have to follow one billing model. No compitition possible really. From: Allister Jenks For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: Move to Wellington? Before you consider taking this advice, be warned... I live in Whitby, within a few kilometres of a main run of Saturn's cable, yet I cannot connect. I have tried to determine whether/when the cable will be coming to Whitby and have been met with a barrage of conflicting and confusing information. One report in the press even suggested Whitby wouldn't get Saturn cable because the Porirua City Council wouldn't give pole access. Perhaps that is true in the sense that no PCC area will get Saturn until this requirement has been resolved. However, Whitby doesn't HAVE poles! Duh! All services are underground. The residents' association has even commented that they don't want those ugly black cables ruining the landscape. (It's gotta be fun to watch them stretch it between the lampposts. Haha!) Saturn, themselves have no real interest in potential customers who aren't within easy reach of an existing cable run. I've not received any useful information from them about Whitby and a friend who was living in Moera - a suburb that *has* cable, was unable to get a connection due to the location of the property concerned. So all those with long driveways etc, be prepared to pay or go without. They've done their cable laying and they'll expand it when they see fit. They're too busy concentrating on Christchurch and/or Auckland (until recently anyway). Bear in mind also, that Whitby is a high income area and Sky's penetration is already quite high. If they don't move soon, a lot of those only interested in the TV will not bother with changing. I'd pay Saturn's prices any day instead of Sky (and yes, I am disgruntled with their recent 'upgrade'). The concept of a terrestrial link appeals more and I can get easy broadband internet, cable TV and phone services all from one place. Then I could be free once and for all from the monopolistic and arrogant Telescum - bane of my life for many years. So before you buy that house, or rent that flat, give Saturn a call. From: Joe For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: ADSL Alternatives? I can tell you that recently I secured an Auckland Area FLAT-RATE 256K Connection (up and downstream) that was not ADSL and had a block of *4* static IP Addresses in a subnet and this was for $110 a month. Now if this company which is no where near the size of Telecom can do this, why can't Telecom do the same?? Because they are to busy ripping people off... * BUT * because of assinine service and totally ridiculous technical abilities by the company I got this connection from, the service was disconnected because I had to fix my own connection, myself, to get it to work right after 2 months. After which the company got upset that I did this (when they couldnt) and terminated the connection. I am now back to paying ridiculous amounts for ADSL.. The above is why Telecom gets to make all the big bucks.. I won't mention the company now..just "watch this space" on Aarkvark :) From: J. de Bruin For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: Saturn Cable I'm originally from Auckland and when I moved to Wellington I specifically chose an area covered by Saturn to get a place in. Fortunately Saturn covers lots of the "good" suburbs in the capital, so there's plenty of places to pick from. Saturn's Internet service is far superior to the Ihug satellite service I had before and from what I read here, better than DSL too. Wellington certainly has better Internet service, too bad about all the wind though! :)Hit Reload For Latest Comments
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