Super Fast Broadband – Now the fine print starts to appear

I talked yesterday about the announcement from Telecom that they will be offering a service using VDSL2 technology to allow customers huge increases in broadband speed from around 5mbps to 50 mbps for downloads and from around 0.7 mbps to 20mbps upload.

I also talked about whether these speeds will be theoretical maximums or reality.

Well those questions are still unanswered, but it now appears that the new service will attract a premium cost.

Now, they have said it will be small, but how many other “extras” there might be. Will we have to buy a new modem? Will there be minimum contracts.

I wonder what the increase on current plans will be? 10%, 20%

What will the market accept to get these increased speeds

Upgrading WordPress to 2.7

Well the upgrade is done, my Fantastico updater won’t work, so I have to do it myself.
WordPress is a great blog system and the upgrades are not too frequent.

Great instructions here and the files are here

Everything worked a treat (at least publicly) so upwards and onwards!

VDSL2 – Is it going to be as good as they say?

Telecom have announced their next generation broadband network will allow download speeds of up to 50mbps and upload of 20mbps.

Now if this is true, it is going to make my life and many people who rely on the internet as a medium for large amounts of data.

It also addresses one of my beliefs that telecommuting and being able to work from any location without the impedance of slow internet access is a necessity.

Sharing data between co workers and clients is necessary in the days or larger and larger chunks of data (see the size of unedited digital camera images)

But how good will it really be?

My current maximum download speed is around 4-5mbps, which is faster than a number of people I know.

50 will be frightening!

But since many of my sites are hosted in the US, how will the Southern Cross Cable handle all of this extra data.

Will I get anywhere near 50mbps for anything other than locally derived content?

Will ISP’s need more aggressive caching to allow these speeds?

Or is this just “Telecomspeak” for what in ideal circumstances and with your tongue in the right direction is possible.

Well the first rollout starts 2nd quarter 2009

I might have it by Christmas, the cabinet is just across the road, Yay

High Profile E-Commerce Site Closes

Link to story on Stuff is here

So it has finally happened. I had heard stories about the amount of money that was thrown at Ferrit by Telecom and how it was not really working. These stories go back right to the start.

I applaud them for sticking at it for so long if things were grim, however, Christmas 2007 seemed to be an indicator that online shopping was becoming more and more sustainable.

It possibly didn’t help that Ferrit was purely a reseller of other retailers goods. Those retailers have robust bricks and mortar businesses that can absorb a non performing online platform better than telecom and they have indicated they will be focussing on more core activities.

I think Ferrit has helped the e-commerce scene in New Zealand, more for getting the concept of online shopping into the mainstream through their mass marketing of the brand and what it can do.

None of the brands it was selling made anywhere near the impact that Ferrit did.

I expect that what Ferrit made on each item was small and needed a high level of sales to make it work, supermarket style.

Contrast this to the brands themselves who would likely have made more profit from each sale than Ferrit did, yet thay did no real work.

So goodbye to Ferrit and their weird but funny ads.

I expect ecommerce to grow and this will end up being more of a restructure issue rather than the market not being able to sustain ecommerce as a concept.

Websites can be one of the most cost effective marketing tools around. Don’t let Ferrit put you off.