Goodwill credits for Xtra customers!

, posted: 18-May-2006 17:51

After four days of technical issues that led to sporadic Internet access for customer of Xtra, New Zealand's largest ISP, things now appear to be back at normal.

Although Xtra said at first it wouldn't refund customers (read the entire post)...

Broadband statistics be damned

, posted: 11-May-2006 13:50

Numbers and statistics are wheeled out to support both sides of the telecommunications regulation argument in New Zealand at the moment. Are they actually helpful to either side though, or for that matter, do they clarify the argument? I'm (read the entire post)...

UK broadband: miles ahead

, posted: 23-Apr-2006 16:41

As I wrote in this blog entry, Telecom New Zealand is trying to soften up public opinion so that people will think everyone's getting 24Mbit/s broadband this year (they're not) and the heat will come off the government to introduce further re (read the entire post)...

Telecom softening up public opinion in preparation for no-regulation deal

, posted: 23-Apr-2006 14:37

Auckland's Sunday Star Times has a story entitled "Telecom's man - broadly speaking, we're good" running this weekend. It's a totally uncritical interview with Telecom New Zealand's manager of government and industry relations, Br (read the entire post)...

100Mbit/s for TelstraClear cable customers?

, posted: 15-Apr-2006 16:15

Rumours are flying that TelstraClear is planning on upgrading its cable broadband network in Wellington and Christchurch to 100Mbit/s, up from the current maximum of 10Mbit/s.

It is apparently not only technically feasible but "very easy" (read the entire post)...

TelstraClear releases 3.5Mbps business DSL plans

, posted: 4-Apr-2006 20:23

HSI - Access Plan MB allowance2 Speed Downstream Speed Upstream Plan cost
per month* Excess MB
charges per MB Notes 10GB HSI 3.5 10 GB (read the entire post)...

Telecom's $19 broadband deal (no, it's not April 1 anymore)

, posted: 3-Apr-2006 07:49

Amazing what a bit of competition can do. Across the ditch, Telecom in AAPT drag is selling business broadband plans starting at A$19 a month for 500MB data, or A$29 for unlimited traffic.

It's not exactly exciting broadband, at 256/64 (read the entire post)...

Wired Country on the blink a lot lately

, posted: 1-Apr-2006 11:27

When I first got the 3.5GHz Wired Country service, I was amazed. It is wireless after all, so I didn't expect it to perform as well as it did. The nominal linkspeed of 2M up and down translated into an actual IP performance of around 1.7M down, 1 (read the entire post)...

TelstraClear increases data caps and lowers usage charges on its cable network

, posted: 28-Mar-2006 09:53

I see that TelstraClear has bumped up data caps and lowered excess usage charges on its cable service in Wellington and Christchurch.

Here are the new plans:

HighSpeed 1G 2 Mb/s 2 Mb/s 1G * $2.95 per 250MB
(read the entire post)...

Xtra to introduce port 25 filtering

, posted: 27-Mar-2006 12:56

Quite a few overseas ISPs already do it in an effort to filter out spam and worm traffic from their customers, but NZ's largest ISP, Telecom Xtra, has resisted blocking traffic on TCP 25, or the port used for SMTP.

The filtering will c (read the entire post)...


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