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Budding Crown fibre participant Vector is offering super-fast, uncapped fibre now - at least for Auckland businesses in reach of its cable network (view it on the National Broadband Map here; the company says its network passes 19,000 businesses in Auckland and Wellington).
The new business-grade product operates over VectorFibre’s MetroEthernet service and allows direct internet access either through a customer’s existing ISP or by connecting to the network directly.
VectorFibre’s MetroEthernet service will be priced by bandwidth capacity (that is, speed), not the amount of data used - with connection options running up to a stonking 100Mbit/s for downloads and uploads - or around five times the speed of the fastest DSL plans.
In a statement, the lines company-turned-broadband-provider says there are no restrictions on the total volume of data traffic:
“Another key feature is that the split between national and international data is irrelevant as customers can use as much of any data type as they need for the same rate – there will be no additional charges for using more."
Plans are highly customisable, said Vector, which has not published pricing on its website, and a sales rep phoned by NBR was not immediately able to front with rates. TelstraClear sells 25Mbit/s fibre plans from $229 a month.
The new fibre plans will be offered direct through Vector (for larger customers), and through partner ISPs including Orcon, Maxnet and FX Networks.
NBR understands this is the first time Vector has sold fibre plans based purely on capacity.
A spokeswoman said Vector had an earlier product called Net Flex which provided uncapped data – but users needed to specify how much data they needed in advance and it was only for national data volume: "The key difference that is that the new product - InterNet - provides uncapped data on national and international data."
Vector has put a limited amount of information about its new plan on its online here.
A full list of Vector partners is here.
A rep for Orcon, included in Vector's list of channel partners, said the new fibre plan was "not something that we have discussed with them [Vector]. As such, not something we are planning on selling any time soon."