Telecom's UFB plans: fibre for data, copper for voice

Telecom Ultra Fast Broadband plans differentiated by speed and data amounts.

Telecom’s Ultra Fast Broadband plans will be available from tomorrow, but customers connecting to fibre will retain their copper connection.

Announcing the plans at media function today, Telecom Retail CEO Chris Quin says residential plans will include a traditional landline rental service.

Quin says it is sticking with PSTN voice delivery in the meantime, but is working on developing VoIP services. During the allocation of assets under structural separation Telecom retained ownership of the PSTN.

Telecom’s UFB plans are differentiated by data and speed*. The cheapest is a residential plan for $95 per month on a 12 month contract with speeds of 30Mbps download and 10Mbps upload and a data cap of 50GB.

The most expensive residential plan is $159 per month for 100Mbps download and 50Mbps upload and 500GB of data. Initially the datacap won’t apply, and Telecom will give customers 30-days notice before it is implemented.

The strategy of differentiating plans by data speeds and the amount of data sold was outlined by Telecom CEO Simon Moutter last year.

“Data is the saleable item and will be bought in parcels and volumes, and it’s good for the market to have alternatives that are cheap and low volume and medium and high. Some fast, some slow. Unless you create a diverse range of offers that meet every market, you end up with an unhealthy market,” Moutter told Computerworld in November, adding there is no point in uncapped plans.

“That would be like selling electricity with unlimited electricity for $50 a month; how the hell would that be efficient? That would be insane.”

The initial roll out of Telecom UFB’s service is inside the Chorus footprint, which has around 70 percent of the UFB build. But the telco is trialling with the three other providers – Ultra Fast Fibre in the central North Island, Northpower in Whangarei and Enable Networks in Christchurch. Quin could not give a timetable for when UFB will be available in the market.

Telecom has around 50 percent of the broadband market, but Quin wouldn’t give an estimation of how many UFB connections the telco is expecting to achieve in three months. However, he says that thousands of customers had registered their interest in signing up to UFB plans on the telco’s website.* In addition to residential, there are plans for schools and small businesses. The full list is available here.

* In addition to residential, there are plans for schools and small businesses. The full list is available here.

9 Comments

Anonymous

1

"UFB deployment dates for your area are still being developed"

MFW

Anonymous

2

Uncapped plans seem to be very common in other markets. Either they are all "insane" or perhaps it isn't such a bad idea. I guess Moutter could have been quoted slightly out of context with this comment...

Anonymous

3

Whats the point in having ultra fast BB when you still have caps?
This is why Telecom lobbies the govt so hard to prevent other players to the market - so they can charge through the nose for limited bandwidth when the cost of that data between here and the US isn't very much at all.
New Zealand needs more competition but looks like we keep getting stuck with politicians who prefer monopolies.

Tom Wald

4

I'd like UFB, but I haven't had a traditional phone line for years. Are Telecom forcing everyone to have everyone a phone line, or is naked UFB an option?

Oliver

5

I thought they had all these wonderful things UFB could do for business. With a 50GB cap and caps in general it's not really looking like I'll be streaming my TV over the net anytime soon. Or have any new services landing at my doorstep. Just more of the same old.

And what the hell is copper STILL doing in the mix? Is Telecom so behind the 8-ball it can't do VoIP??? I've had naked Broadband and VoIP for years now and it is better than landline by far and $400+/y cheaper. Who cares about emergency services? As we saw in CHCH, mobile phones were the ones still working after the hit.

Markf

6

Maintaining copper for voice is just stupid. Come on Comcom, sort it, that is what you are paid to do.

Anonymous

7

"Come on Comcom, sort it, that is what you are paid to do"

I don't think there is anybody inside the Comcom technically capable of understanding the complexities in building an end to end managed voice service and dealing with a move from XML to TR069 for endpoint provisioning in the middle of this process to make matters even more complex.

Anonymous

8

Everybody keeps comparing NZ to the US and talking about their unlimited plans, something that's very much a myth. Anybody quoting such rubbish has clearly never looked at any mainstream US providers who have all typically introduced caps in the vicinity of 200GB - 300GB in recent years to combat the usual 5% of users consuming 95% of the data.

al

9

only 3,800 people are using it ?

why not instill ufb where people want to use it first

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