NZ Herald 28 Apr, 2021 22:30 am

Vodafone appeal possible on FibreX 'guilty of misleading customers' decision

Vodafone appeal possible on FibreX 'guilty of misleading customers' decision
Branding spat, which dates from 2016, could roll on.

Ironically, a Commerce Commission broadband monitoring report released earlier this month, based on independent testing by UK benchmarker SamKnows during March, found that Vodafone's HFC Max service delivered equal performance to the fastest form of UFB connection, a Fibre Max plan, when it came to the demanding task of streaming multiple 4K Netflix streams, even though HFC Max was a lower-price service.The service is now variously billed as UltraFast Hybrid Fibre or UltraFast HFC - with its fastest (1 gigabit per second) variant known as HFC Max.UFB (Ultrafast Broadband) fibre networks are operated by Chorus (Wellington) and Enable (Christchurch) in the areas where Vodafone also offers its HFC service."Notwithstanding the decision, Vodafone is proud to be able to offer ultrafast broadband over its own gigabit network, and HFC remains an important part of the digital services company's network assets.

"The digital services company believes infrastructure competition and maximum customer choice in the important ultrafast broadband market should be welcomed.Over the following years, Vodafone spent tens of millions upgrading the HFC network's electronics.

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