Cisco routers don’t suit NZ SMB’s

For a long time, and certainly since before UFB came into view, DTS has been using Cisco routers as part of our managed WAN’s and/or where a client has requested a managed router as part of an internet service. Before UFB got underway, typical speeds were anywhere from 5Mbps (CityLink Opta) to 100Mbps (via any …

How will a new international cable benefit NZ?

I am going to write a three part series of posts on the subject of the additional undersea cables planned for NZ in the coming years. These posts will cover pricing, redundancy, and capacity respectively. This week I will start with capacity. Common misconceptions I watched Rod Drury speak on TV One in NZ a …

DTS supporting the Reckon 2014 Group Conference

Reckon is a great example of a company creatively utilising resources to get great outcomes for their clients, and in August they are holding their group conference at the Hilton Hotel in Sydney. The conference will feature expert analysis, discovery sessions, and new product demonstrations, and DTS is proud to be on board as a …

Clarifying the Chorus Boost ADSL/VDSL service proposition

Telecom has made a submission to the Commerce Commission claiming that Chorus plans to impose an “artificial cap” of 256Kbps on the average throughput of its regulated copper broadband service in order to make new “premium” products it announced in May more attractive. This is absolutely true, but whether it is a terrible thing depends on …

A lesson on how to not use Twitter, presented by @VodafoneNZ

Last night Vodafone experienced a widespread outage that affected a large volume of end users, both retail and wholesale. DTS techs, along with those from a number of other ISP’s rang the Vodafone NOC to find waiting times of up to an hour caused by the fact that Vodafone was running a reduced after hours …

The basis for my choice of transit suppliers

As the ISP space becomes more and more commoditised, particularly in the residential and SME segments, the amount of suppliers pitching low price wholesale IP transit is ever increasing. A supplier of IP transit in the ICT world is virtually any ISP as any entity that buys transit can sell it, so every competitor is …

Building owners to pay for UFB installations

I really don’t get it. Chorus is required to meet Crown Fibre’s targets not only for the number of premises it runs fibre past, but also how many connections they actually get live, yet the latest measure they have enacted, requiring building owners to contribute towards installation costs, seems an obvious barrier to KPI success. …

Australia should learn from NZ piracy experience

In March, Tony Abbott proudly proclaimed that his government had lit the “biggest bonfire of regulations” in the country’s history. It therefore strikes me as odd that they would now, three months later, be looking to introduce new, complex, unenforceable and costly regulations aimed directly at ISPs in what I can only describe as a …