Special Speed reports»
Broadband has been available throughout the country on ordinary telephone lines since 2001 when the only access was delivered using a technology called ADSL. A few years later Telecom launched VDSL as a faster alternative, but take-up was limited due to its high price. Since then the Government provided a subsidy for the rollout of Fibre throughout NZ, but 5 years into the roll-out just 50% of the country has access to fibre, with an estimated 5 more years to complete coverage.
The current spend on Fibre promotion is hiding the opportunity for NZ consumers to take advantage of an existing fast broadband technology - VDSL, without needing to wait for fibre to be installed in your street.
"VDSL is sold with similar or identical pricing to ADSL"
NZ broadband speed continues to increase as more users take up faster broadband services such as Fibre and VDSL. Although ADSL (copper connections) still command over 80% of total market share in New Zealand, Fibre customer numbers are increasing, and more frequently they are choosing a faster speed than last time TrueNet published this chart. In TrueNet's measurements to September 2015, New Zealand's average peak Broadband speed increased by over 38% pa to 16.3Mb/s.
TrueNet tests show that New Zealand's investment in Fibre to the Node (FTTN) from 2007 to 2011 improved the performance of our telephone line broadband, which is now significantly better than comparable Australian networks.
TrueNet have compared all of our copper line probes (280+) with a small but relevant sample of 12 Australian probes doing exactly the same tests to public Websites in each country.
Last November TrueNet published an article comparing LFC's but a lot of focus was on the actual speeds being less that those advertised, due to a technical definition.
The Christchurch LFC, Enable solved that problem in December by offering 106Mb/s to their ISPs who were then able to on-sell a true 100Mb/s; TrueNet reported that improvement in an article titled "Enable beats Chorus & UFF to 100Mb/s"
Chorus recently published their planned response with a new product called Chorus Accelerate - pdf attached below now
Since TrueNet began operations in 2010, the focus on publishing Speed by Time of Day (ToD) performance has driven NZ ISPs to compete. This is not the case in the USA, or the UK where similar measurements over a longer period have not resulted in improvements in performance such as those achieved in NZ.
The result of increased competition shows that not only have all major ISPs improved dramatically, but the top 8 in NZ are significantly better than the top 8 in either the UK, or the USA.
TrueNet compares before and after experience of almost 50 volunteer connection upgrades from ADSL to VDSL over the last 2 years.
Research shows that Telecom customers are more likely to experience significant improvements to the speed of their Broadband on conversion from ADSL to VDSL.
A change to VDSL, from a standard ADSL broadband connection, is most likely to be extremely successful, although for a few it fails to deliver.Size of ADSL to VDSL improvement: File Download speed = 79% File Upload speed = 672% Webpage download time = 72%
A dramatic improvement in performance by Vodafone was shown in mobile broadband speed tests measured by TrueNet between 2012 and 2013.
Where Telecom showed superior performance in 2012, by the end of 2013 Vodafone has overtaken its competitors and now leads in Mobile broadband performance.
Check out the Interactive maps here (click on any dot, or untick a carrier)
Upload speed is critical to many new activities on the web. For your friends to see you clearly on Skype, using the "cloud", or simply uploading pictures are some of the activities that require faster upload speeds.
Fibre upload speeds while below advertised speeds, are just plain fast. However VDSL and Cable technologies both match the slower 30Mb/s Fibre upload speed of 10Mb/s.
Last month, TrueNet published a study showing that consumers were not receiving the advertised speeds of their UFB connections. We are pleased to now report that one LFC, Enable, have resolved this issue at the beginning of November, with both 30Mb/s and 100Mb/s speeds being successfully delivered by ISPs within the Enable region.
Unfortunately, Chorus and UltraFastFibre are still not enabling their ISPs to deliver 30Mb/s and 100Mb/s to customers.