Compare VDSL broadband plans

Find out what VDSL broadband is, the speeds you can expect and how it stacks up next to ADSL.

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What is VDSL broadband?

VDSL stands for Very High Bit-rate Digital Subscriber Line. It is a type of broadband connection that is delivered to your home using the same copper lines as your home phone, but if you’re in the Chorus network, VDSL is delivered to exchanges using fibre cables and then copper cables to your home.

VDSL is the fastest type of copper broadband connection and it can support services such as VOIP and HDTV, and other tasks that use a large amount of data at high speeds.

To be able to get VDSL, your local telephone cabinet or exchange will need to have had a VDSL upgrade to enable the service. However, even if it has been enabled, you will need to live less than 1,200 metres away from the cabinet to be able to get VDSL in your home.

Further upgrades are being made across New Zealand to improve the VDSL connection speed and stability so more Kiwis can enjoy a faster experience.

Compare plans with VDSL options

Name Product Cost (per month) Maximum Speed (mbps) Minimum Contract (months) Unlimited Data?
MyRepublic VDSL Unlimited
$69
70
12
Yes
DISCOUNT OFFER: Get $50 account credit for every friend that signs up for 12 months. BYO router on no-lock in contracts.
2degrees 80GB
$65
100
12
No
SIGN UP OFFER: Free Amazon Prime Video for 1 year and a $200 joining credit when you sign up on a 12-month unlimited plan.
Vodafone Unlimited Broadband
$93
900
12
Yes
DISCOUNT OFFER: Get $10 off your plan price each month if you have a Pay Monthly mobile plan with Vodafone.
Slingshot Standard Unlimited
$74.95
50
12
Yes
DISCOUNT OFFER: $15 per month off the standard price on a 12 month plan (with a $250 fee for early termination). A $14.95 modem delivery charge applies. Ts&Cs apply
Slingshot Standard 150GB
$59.95
50
12
No
DISCOUNT OFFER: $15 per month off the standard price on a 12 month plan (with a $250 fee for early termination). A $14.95 modem delivery charge applies. Ts&Cs apply
2degrees Unlimited
$75
100
12
Yes
SIGN UP OFFER: Free Amazon Prime Video for 1 year and a $200 joining credit when you sign up on a 12-month unlimited plan.
Spark Naked Broadband
$84.99
70
12
Yes
SIGN UP OFFER: Receive a $200 credit when you join Spark Wireless Broadband on a 12- or 24-month contract. Enjoy Lightbox and Netflix for free on select plans.
Flip VDSL Unlimited
$69
70
1
Yes
Naked or broadband + landline plans, with no contract options. Any unused data on capped plans carries over to the next month.
Bigpipe Turbo
$89
60
12
Yes
SIGN UP OFFER: Get 3 months free when you sign up to any 12-month broadband plan before 30 June 2020.
NOW 125GB
$75
100
12
No
Free move-in day service for all customers.
NOW Unlimited
$85
100
12
Yes
Free move-in day service for all customers.
Orcon Copper
$89.95
12
Yes
Add Google Wi-Fi for $5 a month
Trustpower VDSL
$84
20
12
Yes
SIGN UP OFFER: Get free NEON or SKY on a 12-month plan, half-price broadband for 12 months on a 24-month plan, or your choice of joining reward on a 24-month plan.
Skinny Unlimited Fixed Connection
$73
30
12
Yes
SIGN UP OFFER: First 2 months are free when you sign up for a 12-month unlimited broadband plan before 30 June 2020.
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How fast is VDSL?

While not as fast as Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB), VDSL is a decent alternative if UFB is not available at your place or you don’t want to wait for it to be installed.

Download speeds generally sit between 15-70Mbps with upload speeds of between 5-10Mbps, so you’ll notice a faster and smoother experience compared to using ADSL.

It can be difficult to know how fast your VDSL service will be until it is set up. Speeds can vary due to a number of factors including:

  • How far you are from the cabinet
  • Condition of the wiring
  • The type of modem you use
  • The capability of your laptop or computer
  • The type of VDSL used
  • How many other people are using the service at the same time
  • Environmental factors.

VDSL vs ADSL

It’s easy to get confused between VDSL and ADSL since they are both types of copper broadband, but there is a difference between the two.

VDSL is the more modern form of technology. It provides a faster and more reliable connection than ADSL as it uses the copper lines more efficiently. You will notice a better experience when playing games, uploading photos, video calling and streaming video, with less buffering time.

VDSL is currently available to around 66% of New Zealand homes, so it doesn’t have as wider coverage as what ADSL does. Since it is usually offered at the same price as an ADSL plan with many providers, VDSL is worth considering if you can get it due to its speed and reliability.

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