Our phone died yesterday. When the tech came out to repair the fault (which was in a cable about 0.75 km north of our house) I had a nice chat with him.
He was from the Philipines, where he had also worked as a telecoms tech. When he got to NZ he needed a bunch of extra training because the equipment we use here is so old he’d never actually worked with it before.
He was also horrified at the parlous state of high speed internet here in NZ, copmpared to the Philipines.
Thanks, Telecom, your excellent monopoly has served the country well.