Sunday, April 21, 2013

Do you want UFB in Wanganui now?

There are a few things to consider when choosing an UFB plan like speed, data cap and contract length. Being an early adopter is great and at NZCS we always try bleeding edge technology that can help us run our business better as soon as we can.

Like every adventure there can be some stumbling blocks along the journey:

1. The networks tend to be down more than broadband at the moment. The is the normal settling in of technology so if your internet is critical then keep a broadband connection as a backup for now.

2. The early offerings are generally at a premium price. I personally think the prices are ok but feedback from our business clients suggest a number want to wait for the big players to get into the market as they feel it is over priced as they compare it to their current broadband cost. The other issue with this is some vendors are locking you into a 24 month contract. I would avoid that. 12 months is fine but 2 years is a long time in the telco industry and you know they want to lock you in before the big player come in and cut prices. So check the fine print.

Your ISP will sometimes offer you a router to connect to the UFB but generally these are very cheap models with only basic functionally and security. I would not recommended these for business use just as we do not use the broadband routers supplied. You are better to talk to your IT company and get them to install a decent business grade firewall router with good throughput. If you keep a broadband connection you can get a router that will automatically failover to that connection if the UFB goes down.

If you have a shared driveway or work in a multi-tenanted building prepare for a long wait to get installed as they struggle with the legal implications - experiences suggests it could take more than 6 weeks and in fact I still do not have it at home even though it is available and ordered.

Ultra fast broadband is great for Wanganui so get on board

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