Paradise 128 dumped as too slow

TelstraClear has dumped its 128Kbit/s Paradise cable service in Wellington and Christchurch because the speed was deemed to be too slow to be classed as high-speed internet access.

TelstraClear has dumped its 128Kbit/s Paradise cable service in Wellington and Christchurch.

TelstraClear public affairs manager Mathew Bolland says the service was discontinued because 128Kbit/s was deemed to be too slow to be classed as high-speed internet access.

"Our minimum speed is now the 256Kbit/s service. What we're saying is we want to provide high speed internet and for it to be high-speed."

TelstraClear offers a cable service in a number of suburbs in both Wellington and Christchurch, and had planned to roll out a national network that included Auckland, however plans for that were shelved following the telco slump and the merger of the two companies TelstraSaturn and Clear.

"The 256Kbit/s service price is $59.95 which will compare favourably to the other offers you'll find running at 128Kbit/s."

TelstraClear will still resell Telecom's JetStream Starter DSL product, which runs at 128 Kbit/s.

Paradise cable users are capped at 5GB of traffic a month, however TelstraClear only charges full rate for international traffic and one tenth the cost for national traffic.

TelstraClear also offers a number of locally hosted servers which are free to download from. These include games, international radio stations and an open source file server.

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