Telecom's Fibre to the Premise (FTTP) technology pilot at Mission Heights in Manukau City enters a new phase this week. The new subdivision's first homes are now built and Telecom is ready to offer residents the first New Zealand consumer trial of a Next Generation Broadband (NGB) service over fibre as soon as they move in.
Telecom is hoping to have three or four households using the trial service in the next few weeks. The exact dates and the number of trial participants is dependent on when they move in to their new homes. The company says up to to 30 household will be using the service by Christmas 2006 and exponentially from there. Fibre has been laid to approximately 450 sites in Mission Heights.
Participants will get to trial a high speed Next Generation Broadband (NGB) service with expected peak downstream speeds of up to 30 Mbps (megabits per second), which is dependant on some external factors. There will be no monthly fees for this NGB service for the duration of the trial - with the only cost to the customer being a $49.95 activation fee. The trial will run until 31 July 2007.
This phase of the trial will also look at what services can be run over it, and most importantly what the customer experience is from using it, according to Kevin Kenrick, Telecom Chief Operating Officer Consumer.
Testing the NGB fibre service will offer customers the ooportunity to experience a range of Broadband applications. This may include future NGB services such as a home video phone, Internet Protocol (IP) television and Next Generation Voice services.
Alcatel, with the title of "Telecom's Next Generation Network transformation partner", is providing the FTTP equipment, network design and operations support for the trial.The Manukau City Council has provided the location. They were chosen partially because of their commitment to developing the city as a technology-savvy city through their SmartManukau programme.