TelstraClear has launched a VDSL2 service for its SME customers. The company says the new service will offer download speeds of up to 30Mbps, several times faster than other DSL-based broadband services. However, it is currently only available in parts of Auckland City and in the central business districts of Hamilton, Tauranga, Napier, New Plymouth, Wanganui, Lower Hutt and Wellington. The operator plans to extend the service to the North Shore, in Waitakere, Manukau, Palmerston North, Christchurch and Dunedin by the end of the year and launch a VDSL2 service for the consumer market in the first quarter of 2009.
The 30Mbps service costs NZD400 (USD247) a month, plus data charges, while a 15Mbps service is offered at NZD200 a month and a 10Mbps service for NZD50 a month. In comparison, rival Telecom’s cheapest ADSL broadband plan, which gives most users speed of between 1.5Mbps and 4Mbps, costs NZD30 a month.