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I’m often asked what will move New Zealanders from copper broadband to the UFB fibre network.

Or as we used to say in the 1990s: “What is the UFB killer app”?

Video is the simple answer, but it’s not the only answer. We’ve been using tools such as Facetime and Skype with success since the early days of ADSL. And it works well over my copper VDSL connection.

Fibre improves the video experience mainly because it is faster.

And that’s the real killer app: Speed. Faster broadband means you can do things that were either marginal or flaky with copper connections.

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  1. I suspect that for most people, at this stage, speed will not be a big mover – other than for people who read promo blurb and feel they just have to have fibre to ‘keep up’. The problem at this point is that the overall internet experience is dragged down by the slowest link.

    I don’t have fibre, but recently I moved to VDSL. My theoretical line speed has increased 2.5 times coming down and 10 times going up.

    Now you might think this would make a dramatic difference to my internet experience, but it hasn’t. In the real world it feels very little different than ADSL. I’m hearing this from other VDSL switchers.

    One exception for me though, was earlier this week when I uploaded a 60Mb file for a book I’d designed to a printer. That went up the line tout de suite. But not many people will be uploading files anywhere near that big. And some uploads I’ve done have been as slow as ever, indicating that other bottlenecks were determining my real-world speed.

    It should all be good in five years time. Hopefully. Maybe ten years…

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