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