VDSL  Broadband Plans NZ

VDSL is the best copper connection available in New Zealand. Its internet speeds are worlds away from ADSL – the other copper connection in NZ. If you’re located within 1200 metres from the cabinet, average speeds can reach up to 70Mbps download and 10Mbps upload. While this isn’t as fast as fibre, it’s a great alternative for those that can’t connect to fibre yet.

Currently, VDSL broadband is available in 60% New Zealand, however, through the Rural Broadband Initiative, more and more cabinets are being installed throughout the country. This means that more areas can take advantage of a VDSL connection. Installation also takes only a few minutes, especially if lines are already installed in your area.

If this is the best option in your area, you can find the best deals by comparing VDSL broadband plans using our comparison tool here at glimp.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How fast is ADSL broadband?

ADSL broadband plans have been the standard in NZ for a long time. Depending on the quality of your lines, it can deliver download speeds of up to 24Mbps and upload speeds of 1Mbps. This is a good connection for basic online tasks like emailing, surfing the net and checking social networks.

How much faster is VDSL broadband?

Heaps faster! Compared to ADSL, VDSL speeds can reach up to 70Mbps download and 10Mbps upload. However, speeds may vary depending on different conditions, such as the copper cables and the distance from the nearest cabinet. For VDSL broadband plans, the closer you are to the cabinet – the better.

Should I choose VDSL or Ultra Fast Fibre? (Ultra Fast Broadband)

If you can get both at your address, then fibre is the way to go. Unlike VDSL broadband, fibre uses fibre optic cabling instead of copper. This gives speeds that are much more consistent and faster. Fibre is a little trickier to install than a copper connection, but it’s worth the trade-off for the speeds and convenience.

How fast are the Ultra Fibre plans?

Ultra Fibre 30 can deliver fibre speeds up to 30mbps downstream and 10mbps upstream. Ultra Fibre 100 can deliver Fibre speeds up to 100mbps downstream and 20mbps upstream. Ultra Fibre 200 can provide speeds of up to 200Mbps downstream and 20Mbps upstream. Ultra Fibre Gigatown can provide an amazing 1000Mbps downstream and 500Mbps upstream. 

Actual speeds for fibre, VDSL, and ADSL internet plans can be affected by various factors including NZ and overseas networks, your modem and computer technology, internal home wiring, and other environmental factors.

Standard Fibre Installation

The standard fibre installation should suit most New Zealand homes. It will require a technician from your Local Fibre Company to carry out work at your house. They will make sure that you understand what's required, and won't start any work unless you're happy with what's proposed. 

It includes all the work needed to connect your home to the fibre running down the street, including: 

  • Installing the fibre cable from the street through to your home (up to 200m of cabling from the roadside curb to house).
  • Installing and connecting the necessary equipment outside (the ETP) and inside (the ONT) your home.
  • Making sure the fibre service is running, and disconnecting the copper broadband connection to your home.
  • Your Local Fibre Company staff will do their best to minimise any impact on grassed areas, and if hard surfaces are affected, they will be resealed.

Non-standard installation

You'll need this if your house is more than 200m from the Fibre access point on the street. Or, if you decide to install your fibre modem in a different place from the ONT, and need additional wiring as a result. 

The Local Fibre Company staff will let you know if your place needs a non-standard installation, and what that's likely to cost before they start any work.

Getting the installation work done

You'll need this if your house is more than 200m from the Fibre access point on the street. Or, if you decide to install your fibre modem in a different place from the ONT, and need additional wiring as a result. 

The Local Fibre Company staff will let you know if your place needs a non-standard installation, and what that's likely to cost before they start any work.

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