An ADSL connection gives you broadband via the old copper phone line network. With ADSL you can expect an average download speed of about 9 Mbps and average upload speed of 1 Mbps*. This is ok for emailing, surfing the web and checking social media, but is not the best experience for streaming media e.g. Netflix or gaming.
A VDSL connection also uses the copper line but typically offers faster speeds than ADSL. Please note, this connection type may not be available to everyone. VDSL will give you an average download speed of 38 Mbps and average upload speed of 11Mbps*. VDSL improves speed over short distances, but you will need to be located within 800m of the relevant cabinet or exchange to take advantage of the higher speeds.
Speeds for ADSL and VDSL are dependent upon your home’s physical distance from the exchange, as well as the neighbouring traffic.
* Speeds shown are national peak time average Fibre speeds based on the Commerce Commission’s Measuring Broadband New Zealand (MBNZ) Spring 2021 report. You may experience higher or lower speeds than these. Factors such as the performance of your modem, location of the server you’re connected to, the performance of your device and your in-home WiFi setup can also impact speeds experienced.