A handful of New Zealand’s internet service providers (ISPs) now sell UFB connections to home users. Below you’ll find a table showing the prices they ask for various broadband offerings.
You can’t get a UFB connection until your neighbourhood is connected. Business districts, hospitals and schools are a priority, residential areas are second and the roll-out won’t complete until 2019, so there could be a long wait.
Prices from $70
Plans start at just $70, but you don’t get much data when buying bottom of the range fibre services – if you push hard you could download your entire month’s allocation in a few minutes. Pay more and plans include a decent whack of data – more than enough to keep you in video conferencing and downloaded content all month.
ISPs have little room to manoeuver on price. Apart from the amount of included data, connection speed is the only other point of difference. You can buy a 30Mbps service for around $30 less per month than a 100Mbps service.
With only a small fraction of the nation’s homes connected to fibre, the prices shown here are largely symbolic at the moment. And at the time of writing New Zealand’s two largest ISPs, Telecom and Telstra Clear have yet to go public with plans for selling the government’s UFB fibre-delivered broadband to home users.
About the table
The plans in the table below all include GST. Some ISPs charge connection fees. Lightwire, marked with the letter a) in the notes column charges a $200 fee that includes installation and a router.
If you spot any errors or omissions please get in touch with me and I’ll update this table accordingly.
26/11/12 – Added Xnet – note b) $200 installation fee including a router
26/11/12 – Added Ubergroup
26/11/12 – Added Now