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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.

Update: 

26/11/12 – Added Xnet – note b) $200 installation fee including a router
26/11/12 – Added Ubergroup
26/11/12 – Added Now

Service providerSpeed down/up MbpsData GBMonthly  $
Kiwilink30/102586
 30/1050104
 30/10100138
 30/10200201
 100/5025121
 100/5050138
 100/50100173
 100/50200236
Lightwire30/1020099
 30/10400129
 30/10600149
Now30/102070
 30/107575
 30/1012590
 30/10350110
 100/5020120
 100/5075125
 100/50125140
 100/50350175
Orcon30/103075
 30/106089
 30/10unlimited99
 100/5030110
 100/5060124
 100/50unlimited134
Snap30/105075
 100/50100110
Ubergroup201065
 203069
 2015079
 5015099
 50250199
Worldnet30/102570
 30/105080
 30/1010090
 30/10200100
 30/10300130
 30/101000200 
 100/5025100
 100/5050110
 100/50100120
 100/50200130 
 100/50300160
 100/501000230
Xnet30/10570
 30/101599

5 thoughts on “What you’ll pay for fibre internet

  1. Bill, have you got your hands on the “fair use” policy behind that claim of unlimited service noted above. I assume there will be one – there’s always a catch when any NZ ISP touts unlimited bandwidth….

  2. If you’re in an existing BoF area pricing was especially controlled by the wholesale pricing Chorus are charging. These areas will ultimately be converted to UFB. WxC announced their new plans today that the same for both DSL and BoF.

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