So Chorus is asking for $5000 to put copper wire to my place

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7 years 10 months ago - 7 years 10 months ago #522685 by muri
I cant believe the price, either this is some mistake or else its their charge?
Unfortunately I am unable to get other internet providers apart from someone like farm side via satellite and a lot of the other satellite providers , such as uber are not obtainable because of a line of trees on the neighbouring property that block my line of site to their transmitter
There must be alternatives?
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7 years 10 months ago #522686 by spoook
Have you thought of buying the cable and running it to the boundary, along a fence I believe is fine, allowing them to hook you up? Maybe do a search on this.

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7 years 10 months ago #522687 by Rokker
Hi Muri. We are more than 4Km from the nearest exchange so broadband down the phone line is not possible for us either.

We are on Vodafone mobile broadband. We have an antenna on the roof feeding a modem/router in the house. It works on the 3G network. We are miles from the transmitter with many trees between us but with the hi-gain antenna it works really well. As long as there are no hills between you and the transmitter you might want to look into that. The link is HERE.

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7 years 10 months ago #522688 by tonybaker
phone cable is cheap, it's the trench digging that is expensive, unless you hire a digger and DIY.
If it's all on your own land, that's the way I would go.

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7 years 10 months ago #522696 by muri
Sorry, I should have explained better.
I have the lines to the house for phone when the electricity was put on, just not connected to the network
I rang Vodophone, yes maa'am you can have broadband and cell phone coverage at your property -which the neighbours had just aquired, wifi etc.
I asked just for the phone to be put on, not broadband or any other service at this stage, just the phone to be put on 10th july prior to my moving.
Every few days I have rung them and got shunted from one person to another to another as you do
Last night I got the email from Chorus stating I needed to pay over $5000 for the copper wire and with up to three months waiting so I have no basic communications from the site
eg cell phone coverage

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7 years 10 months ago #522697 by Stikkibeek
Do they not understand the lines are already there, just need to be hooked up? Our broadband just operates over our phone line. All it required was a splitter connection at the house, and that only because we have a monitored alarm which broad band was in conflict with. As I understand it, telephone lines have an "A" and a "B" choice which is built in on telephone lines and is useful if one should fail down the track. Phone will work on one line and broadband on the other, as long as the signal is split. That way you don't lose your conversation on the phone if someone should switch on the computer.

Did you know, that what you thought I said, was not what I meant :S
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7 years 10 months ago #522699 by muri

Stikkibeek wrote: Do they not understand the lines are already there, just need to be hooked up? Our broadband just operates over our phone line. All it required was a splitter connection at the house, and that only because we have a monitored alarm which broad band was in conflict with. As I understand it, telephone lines have an "A" and a "B" choice which is built in on telephone lines and is useful if one should fail down the track. Phone will work on one line and broadband on the other, as long as the signal is split. That way you don't lose your conversation on the phone if someone should switch on the computer.


The technician has already been out, he found my lines to the house and just said he had to get back to chorus as he had to know which lines were mine going into their box. that was 10 days ago, so yes they know the lines are already there and have already been to the property and contacted me about that

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7 years 10 months ago #522702 by Alan Gilbert
I got a flier from Vodafone in my letterbox just yesterday, offering 4G wireless broadband for $105.99 a month, with free phone calls to "standard NZ landlines" and 80 GB of data each month. There is an installation charge as well, but it won't be anywhere near $5000.

Spark's quote is just outrageous. When we bought this place seven years ago, Telecom (Spark) wanted $500 to connect us to their copper network (despite their having laid their road cable across my land without permission!), Vodafone just $50. A no-brainer if ever I saw one, and we have been with Vodafone ever since.

You can call Vodafone's "Rural Specialists" (!) on 0800 777 041 to find out if 4G coverage is available in your area.

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7 years 10 months ago #522704 by Rokker
Yep - I'm with Alan on this one. You get a phone AND broadband in the one package via the 3G or 4G network. It sounds to me that, although you have a copper line installed already on your property, there isn't one coming up the road as far as your place, and that may be the $5,000 cost they're talking about?? It certainly doesn't cost that much to connect your existing line to the network if it's already at your gate!

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7 years 10 months ago #522716 by WillEyre
If it's of any interest to anyone, I recently had Ultra Fast fibre laid underground from the roadway and 300 metres up the drive to the house.
And it cost me precisely NOTHING. What's more, since we've changed from copper broadband to fibre the monthly charge is actually less.(I'm still waiting to see what the catch is - if any. If I'd had to pay for the installation, the contractor told me that the trenching alone would've cost at least $10,500.)
I realise that Fibre probably isn't available in this instance, but if it was they would lay underground cable, up to a maximum distance of 500 metres at absolutely no charge.

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7 years 10 months ago #522725 by LongRidge
We have had one of Vodafones rural specialists visit very recently, and cannot get coverage with their deal because the tower is just out of range. But if the hill that is in the way was not in the way, we would have changed by now.

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7 years 10 months ago #522737 by Manchester
What about going wireless yourselves

Had a client with the same issue, but was quoted $200,000 for phone and data services

So they went wireless instead. Set up their own service and now have over 100 of their own clients on the system

A nice little money earner

To deal with the line of site issues, they simply installed a repeater type station
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7 years 10 months ago #522742 by muri
I have spent about the last 12 hours on the phone trying to sort out a few things
Spoke to the installer of my phone line who said it is the correct grade copper for the line and he has never heard of anything as outlandish as I have been confronted by Chorus. All they need to do is join my wires to their service that runs past the house.
He suggest ringing the local MP
I have looked at some wireless people who can offer me a good service but all that is based on having continuous electricity and in case of power outages, of which rural areas have many, then they are based on having power and dont work with no power, as I understand it.
From my last call to ihug they maintain they will get their chorus dept to ring me on monday

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7 years 10 months ago #522744 by Rokker
That sounds like good progress, Muri. Chorus can be such morons at times! Just bear in mind, though, that even with broadband down your copper phone line you'll still need to connect it through a modem/router which normally run on power, so if you are susceptible to power outages that's something to consider. You could connect it through a UPS (uninterruptible power supply) or make sure it has a d.c. socket that will accept a battery supply.

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7 years 10 months ago #522746 by muri
Thanks Rokker, I have a UPS which i have actually never used, but good thought.
I put it all up on the local FB page and got a lot of feedback, with many suggestions, most of which wont work
But one person did try and help and he asked me to locate the property on google. Thats when it dawned on me that google has their splotch on the paddock next door and maybe chorus are working off that google map, rather than my actual house site. That makes sense as to why they are saying so much money.
The lines are on the other side of the road and the local helping suggests maybe $1000 not 5
Chorus also has a FB page and i have the name now ofd the local MP as well

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