Why uncapped, unshaped fibre is so much simpler

Fibre Internet service provider Cool Ideas has found that offering uncapped, unshaped broadband reduces the technical challenges it faces as a business.

“Offering true uncapped and unshaped simplifies things, as all you are doing is moving more data, not restricting or tampering with it,” said Cool Ideas cofounder Paul Butschi.

Its only challenge is scaling with the number of new subscribers who join its network.

“You need to plan for your upgrades way ahead of time based on signup and uptake,” said Butschi.

“You can’t just throttle or shape customers if you don’t have the capacity available.”

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Cool Ideas ranked as the top ISP in MyBroadband’s Q3 2017 Broadband Survey, and has been the top provider in the Netflix ISP Speed Indexsince it launched three months ago.

It only focuses on fibre services, and offers home and business fibre connectivity on a wide range of infrastructure providers.

“We saw fibre-to-the-home as a way to get into the market without having to invest in expensive IPC, as well as a large set of support staff that would need to support the legacy [DSL] copper network,” said Butschi.

IPC refers to IP Connect, the wholesale product sold by Openserve which all ISPs must buy if they want to offer DSL services.

IPC is also needed to offer services on the Openserve fibre network.

Since Vumatel’s launch in Parkhurst, Telkom has implemented aggressive price cuts on its wholesale products.

“Living in Parkhurst, we were very much involved with the Vumatel proposal to the Parkhurst Resident Association to offer FTTH.”

“At that point, we already had an ISP footprint in place within the area with a dark fibre ring, along with high sites and wireless last-mile solutions for the home and business.”

Since the launch of Vumatel, Cool Ideas has added support for many fibre networks, including DFA, MetroFibre Networx, Frogfoot, SA Digital Villages, Octotel, and Openserve.

The biggest challenge in supporting so many networks is maintaining consistent support levels across all of them, said Butschi.

“Juggling different installation, support, and escalation processes with each network complicates matters for both ourselves and our customers.”

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  • Brent Stevens

    Maybe Cool Ideas can explain why during quite heavy downloading like large steam games etc they kill the internet connection to the modem. This then requires at least 1 and sometimes multiple restarts to get the connection live again and immediately kills it again once the download resumes. Only after what I can only assume is a “cool down period” can you resume the download without them cutting your connection.

    I’ve verified this on two completely different connections at 2 different complexes where Cool Ideas are the fibre providers. Your feedback and explanation would be welcome as when I called tech support they were not aware of why it happens.

  • Gimmethatkeyboard

    It happens on my line as well and only with Steam downloads, however, it hasn’t happened for a month or two now. I’m with Axxess, if that helps any.

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