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Personal Broadband Ways to connect Faster Broadband - VDSL

VDSL is very fast broadband.

By definition, VDSL is faster than traditional ADSL broadband, because VDSL is a mix of fibre and copper infrastructure. It's around 3x faster than ADSL broadband, and it has much better upload speeds. Like ADSL, VDSL comes in two distinct varieties: VDSL which uses standard ITU G.993.1, and VDSL2 which uses standard ITU G.993.2.
Some facts about VDSL:

  • You can get up to 100Mbps download speeds and upload speeds up to 30Mbps.
  • Areas with vectored VDSL can get speeds up to 130Mbps (vectored VDSL works by reducing signal interference, for efficiency and speed).
  • VDSL installation is quicker and easier than Fibre, but Fibre is better for both speed and latency. Fibre broadband is still the best connection type available.
  • With VDSL, you can enjoy better HD video streaming and sharper video chats, when compared to ADSL.
  • If you want faster broadband, and Fibre is not yet available where you live, then VDSL is a great choice for you.
  • It’s ideal for streaming HD TV, video calling and uploading files, so you will spend less time waiting for content to buffer compared to ADSL.
  • VDSL is available to 80% of New Zealand homes.

If you are interested in VDSL broadband, or Fibre, you can take the first step by using the "Check your address" button on our Broadband plans page.

Find the best broadband package

Call us to find out more on VDSL

0800 777 044

Additional information

Before you buy

New customers, to sign up you'll need:

  • A valid New Zealand driver’s licence OR
  • A copy of your New Zealand passport* OR
  • A copy of your international passport, plus a copy of your residency visa, which must be valid for the duration of the plan's term.*
  • You must be over 18 years of age to sign up.
*Can be supplied in PDF, JPEG, GIF, JPG or PNG format.

You may also need the following:

  • Current account details or a bill from our current provider if you’re transferring your service from another provider
  • SKY account details or recent SKY bill if you want to transfer your SKY services to Vodafone
  • Your Vodafone mobile phone - if you're taking the On Account mobile calling discount. During the sign up process we will TXT you a validation code that you’ll need to enter to confirm your eligibility.
  • If you're just switching your phone line over to Vodafone and have broadband with another provider, your broadband may be disconnected when your phone line is moved to us. If you're signing up to one of our naked broadband plans and you have an existing phone line that you use for your home phone calling connected with another provider, this will be disconnected
  • Your previous address - if you’ve only lived at your current address for less than a year
  • Consent from your landlord - if you’re renting and want Ultra Fast Broadband, and your address is eligible
  • Your credit card details if you want to set up your account to be paid by credit card each month

Already a Vodafone fixed line and broadband customer?

You can add to or change your services in My Vodafone – or call us on 0800 438 448.

Broadband and installation

About broadband
  • Your broadband speed will vary depending on a number of factors including NZ and overseas networks, your modem and computer technology including WiFi capability, internal home wiring, other environmental factors, and how many other people are using it at the time. Uploads and downloads count towards your monthly allowance
  • If you’re switching to Vodafone your existing provider may charge you an early termination fee
  • If you have a security alarm, there is a possibility the alarm may not work with your connection type
  • A Vodafone modem and standard broadband connection offer is available if you’re new to Vodafone and sign up to an eligible plan for 12 or 24 months. (Modem postage and handling fee applies)
  • Broadband is not available everywhere, and only particular types of broadband services may be available in some areas
  • We cannot guarantee the availability of broadband services to you until the services are connected
  • Your data allowance: When you reach the end of your plan’s data allowance, you will be charged the excess rate of $2 per gigabyte, or part thereof. Subject to change during the fixed term of your contract.

Broadband speeds

For our current average download and upload speeds, please refer to our Broadband Speed Summary on our Broadband plans page.

Early termination fee & notice period

We made changes to our early termination charges from 26 February 2020.

  • An Early Termination Fee will apply if you choose to disconnect or downgrade to a lower value broadband plan before the fixed term's end date.
  • You need to let us know 30 days in advance if you wish to cancel any service.
  • If you joined Vodafone from this date, on one of our current in market plans, a graduated early termination fee will apply:
    • $199 early termination fee applies to a 12-month term and will reduce by $50 every three months.
    • $299 early termination fee applies to a 24-month term and will reduce by $40 every three months.
  • If you are an existing customer on one of our older plans and your Vodafone bill references Vodafone B, Vodafone C or REF:TCL, an early termination fee of $199 applies to a 12 month term and $299 early termination applies to a 24 months term.

On Account mobile discount

  • A $10 monthly discount applies to your broadband package when it is linked to an eligible Vodafone On Account mobile calling plan, which you or an employer pays for
  • Eligible plans do not include Prepay, Mobile Broadband, Mobile data, TXT only, Free2Call, Biz Mobile, Biz Data, Invitation Mobile GSM and Free Access plans
  • You can only have one On Account mobile calling plan monthly discount per broadband plan
  • If you have an existing 12 month term discount of $10 per month it will automatically be replaced by the On Account mobile calling plan discount if you link your mobile number. You can only have one of these $10 discounts per broadband plan
  • To receive the discounted monthly pricing for your home broadband plan, you have to have followed the process to link and validate your On Account mobile calling plan to your home broadband plan and remain on a validated On Account mobile calling plan
  • Each validated On Account phone number may only be registered against one home broadband plan to receive the monthly discount
  • The discount will cease to apply if you no longer have an eligible On Account mobile calling plan with Vodafone

Set up fees

VDSL

For 12 and 24 month term:

  • Free modem and standard broadband connection if you’re new to Vodafone and sign up to an eligible plan for 12 or 24 months. (14.95 modem postage and handling fee applies)

For open term:

  • VDSL standard broadband connection ($101.20) and wiring service fees may apply ($153.32).
  • A Vodafone modem may be purchased for $149 ($14.95 postage and handling charge applies) or you can choose to bring your own ADSL2+ capable modem.
Additional charges may apply for non-standard VDSL connections

VDSL installation

  • If eligible, we will send you a new VDSL modem and provide the relevant information you need to self-install the modem and set up your new VDSL connection from Vodafone.

Home phone

Additional charges

  • Phone features are an additional monthly charge to your home phone monthly fee
  • The monthly fee for phone Add-Ons is charged in advance. If you cancel any of these services part way through the month you will still be billed to the end of the month
  • There is a minimum charge of one minute for all fixed line calls. After that, your call will be rounded up and charged by the minute
  • Audio conferencing and calls to destinations not included in your calling plan will also be charged at the per minute rates of your calling plan
  • If you dial 059 or 0161 to access Telecom's network before making a call from your Vodafone home phone you'll be charged at Telecom's retail rates
  • 018 and 0900 and other special numbers are also not included in your calling plan and will be charged in addition to your calling plan
  • If you dial an area code before a local call, those calls will then be charged at national call rates

UFB fibre, cable home phone, VDSL (calling over broadband) calling rates

  • National calls $0.26 per minute $3.00 capped call rate (up to 2 hours). Calls in excess of the two hour per call cap will be charged at $0.25 per minute
  • Calls to national mobiles are $0.39 per minute
  • See our international calling rates
*Calling rates are subject to change and may vary between satellite prefix numbers

Broadband FAQs

What is the 111 Contact Code?

The Commerce Commission's 111 Contact Code (“111 Code”) was created to ensure that Vulnerable Consumers have reasonable access to an appropriate means of calling 111 emergency services in the event of a power failure.

Newer home phone services such as voice calling over broadband, which rely on an active working broadband service, won’t work in the event of a power failure, without an independent power source. The 111 Code requires Telecommunication Service Providers to provide Vulnerable Consumers with an alternative solution to contact 111 in an emergency.
If you are receiving Vodafone household voice calling over broadband services over Fibre, UltraFast HFC, VDSL, ADSL or Wireless technology and you, or someone you live with, do not have access to a traditional copper phone line, and is likely to need to contact 111 for health, safety or disability reasons and, you do not have the means to do so during a power failure, please read the information below and fill out a Vulnerable Consumers Application form.

If you qualify, Vodafone will provide you with an alternative means of contacting 111 in the event of a power failure, free of charge.

What is the difference between ADSL, VDSL, Fibre, UltraFast HFC and Wireless broadband?

ADSL stands for 'Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line', and it uses the copper network from Chorus. ADSL is ideal for basic internet activities like web browsing, email and online banking.

VDSL is faster than ADSL, but not as fast as Fibre. VDSL lets you enjoy better HD video streaming and sharper online video chats, when compared to ADSL.

Fibre broadband is faster than ADSL and faster than VDSL. Fibre broadband delivers your data over fibre optic cables, much faster than other technologies.

UltraFast HFC is faster than ADSL and VDSL. UltraFast HFC is a Vodafone's hybrid fibre coaxial network, that uses world-leading DOCSIS 3.1 technology for high speed data.

Wireless Broadband is super fast broadband, delivered over our 4G mobile network. The modem comes with a SIM card pre installed, making it very easy to set up.

What is Naked Broadband?

Naked broadband is an internet connection without a home phone and is available with ADSL, VDSL, Fibre, UltraFast HFC and Home Wireless Broadband plans.

What is the process for Fibre installation?

Once you’ve signed up for a fibre plan, you will then need to choose a date for our technician to come and discuss your installation with you. During this meeting, they will let you know if there’s any digging involved and confirm if you need your neighbours’ consent before the installation.

Once this is complete, our fibre broadband team will set up the fibre connection outside your house, development or apartment complex.

You then need to agree to a date for the line to be connected inside your home. You will need to be at home during this step. The installation steps may all happen in one day, or it may take more than one visit depending on what’s required.

How much data do I need?

Your data usage is decided by two factors – the number of devices in your home and the type of content that will be consumed. If you have multiple devices, you will need higher data to ensure each device has enough, especially if each device is being used to stream audio or video.

Even if you have fewer devices, but stream a lot of high definition video or music, it would be better to pick a broadband plan with higher data limits.

If you want to get a more detailed breakup of how much data you’ll need per month, check out this handy data calculator from Chorus - https://www.chorus.co.nz/data-calculator#/

Will broadband affect my monitored alarms?

Fibre broadband can be used with monitored alarms, but fibre won't work during a power outage. That means that your alarm may not working if the power fails.

Some alarm models aren't compatible with fibre broadband. Before you install fibre broadband, please check with your alarm supplier or manufacturer, whether you need to upgrade your alarm model.

Monitored alarms are, unfortunately, not compatible with our Wireless Broadband.
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