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Unbundling has begun: Orcon and Vodafone

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 14-Mar-2008 12:23

And so it has... New Zealand ISP Orcon has announced its "unbundled" service called Orcon+, which means their equipment is installed on Telecom New Zealand's premises and their service is provided over the existing copper network that already touches your home (unless you are like me and have a cable modem service coupled with a Voice over IP phone line which means no POTS line here).

This also means that you no longer need a Telecom landline contract just to support your Internet connection via DSL.

Two of the Orcon@home+ plans tie ADSL2+ connection with up to 24 Mbps downloads (the catch is that you must be at most 3 Km from the local exchange) with some advanced telephony services, of course provided over their IP network.

You can have additional unlimited calls to up to 15 international destinations, for an additional NZ$10 per country.

With all those new speeds you would think that the company would offer a better starter allowance - the top plan comes with 25GB of traffic included - but additional data allowance can be purchased

Of course there's a (long) discussion on Geekzone about this new Orcon LLU service. Duncan Blair, Orcon Product Group Manager, managed to answer lots of questions our users posted so it is worth reading the thread.

A couple of things that occur to me though: their press release says additional data is $1 / GB. But you can sign up fort $40/ 50GB which is cheaper. But does it means I have to sign up for this cheaper data before I use it, and if not then it will not available after?

The next comment is regarding number portability. Apparently you can keep your current Telecom phone number when moving to this service if you are staying in the same address. But you cannot keep the number if moving - so very different from number portability and probably dependent on which exchanges their equipment was deployed.

The service is currently available in some areas around Auckland (Ponsonby, Mt Albert, Browns Bay, Ellerslie, and Glenfield), with others coming later during the year. Only Auckland listed though...

Not to be outdone, Vodafone New Zealand also issued a press release yesterday telling everyone they too are installing equipments on Telecom's exchanges. Currently they are targeting fifteen exchanges, with five already completed. Vodafone will be providing services that include VoIP, ADSL2+ and VDSL. They even promise up to 50 Mbps download speeds - if you are within 1 km from the exchange.

Vodafone says by the end of the year they will completed installation in all 42 exchanges around Auckland, plus other 20 exchanges in other centres around the country. They say this will be the biggest unbundled network around here.

In the meantime I hear Telecom New Zealand is working on its own VoIP service - but no public information for launch date is available yet - and the same from TelstraClear, although I also hear TelstraClear's plan is to offer VoIP services to business customers only.


UPDATE: Duncan has answered my questions about number portability and data caps.

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