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Topic # 41428 16-Sep-2009 09:15 Send private message

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Ultra-fast broadband investment proposal finalised

Communications and Information Technology Minister Hon Steven Joyce today released the details of the government’s $1.5 billion ultra-fast broadband investment initiative. 

“Access to ultra-fast broadband is part of the essential infrastructure of a productive and growing economy and will be crucial to New Zealand improving its competitive advantage in the global market. 

“The future of broadband is in fibre, and taking it right to the home will bring significant gains for productivity, innovation and global reach.

“The government is committed to partnering with the private sector to accelerate the roll-out of ultra-fast broadband services to 75 percent of New Zealanders within the next ten years. 

“Submissions, alternate approaches and a range of regulatory issues have been carefully considered, and I believe this proposal will give best effect to the government’s goal.”

Key highlights of the proposal include:
• An open, transparent partner selection process, which will be initiated in the next month.
• Government investment directed to an open access, wholesale-only, passive fibre network infrastructure.
• A new Crown-owned investment company (“Crown Fibre Holdings”), which will be operational by October, to carry out the government’s partner selection process and manage the government’s investment in fibre networks. 
• Crown Fibre Holdings and each partner establishing a commercial vehicle, a “Local Fibre Company” (LFC), to deploy fibre network infrastructure and provide access to dark fibre products and, optionally, certain active wholesale Layer 2 services.
• Provision for national and regionally-focused proposals, as well as consortium and proposals aggregating any combination of LFC regions.
• Independence, equivalence and transparency requirements for LFCs.
• Expansion to 33 candidate coverage areas based on the largest urban areas (by population in 2021).

Mr Joyce says a lot of work has gone into getting the approach right for the government to co-invest with the private sector in broadband infrastructure. 

“Already a number of companies have shown interest in the government’s broadband initiative.  Now it’s time to get on with finding the right partners to build these networks.”
 
Further details on the government’s proposal are set out in an overview document available at www.med.govt.nz/ultra-fast-broadband.  Details and criteria for partner selection will be made available as part of the partner selection process.






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  Reply # 256029 16-Sep-2009 09:48 Send private message

Finally!

Now NZ e-commerce needs to come into the modern world!

I was appalled at how few major retailers have a online store you can buy from.
While I was living in the UK 80% of my buys were online here its 2%.

Maybe if enough of us returning kiwis make some noise about it then the companies will lift their game.




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  Reply # 256042 16-Sep-2009 10:24 Send private message

I'm looking forward to decent broadband in the home. My employer has a 1 Gb/s fibre connection so the technology is definitely there if you have the money for it!

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  Reply # 256066 16-Sep-2009 11:28 Send private message

I see the final proposal is not posted yet. The 46 page draft proposal is there but I haven't got time to read through it just at the moment. I see there are also over 100 submissions, so my question is, for anyone that has read through all this: Does it in any way address communications into and out of New Zealand, which is where the real problem lies?




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  Reply # 256100 16-Sep-2009 12:43 Send private message

I don't know for certain (having not read it all myself) but the impression I have is that this proposal is simply for the "last mile" (should I say "last km" in a metric country?) rather than the international connectivity. I believe that there is plenty of bandwidth available through SCC if you're prepared to pay for it.

If national bandwidth becomes more prevalent then presumably it'll become more cost-effective to host content inside NZ. We may therefore see more local mirroring than we do now. Or maybe I have an over-active imagination :)

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  Reply # 256767 18-Sep-2009 10:27 Send private message

I would be more interested in umetered national data for a start, on both business and home connections.
I reckon this would be more beneficial, as it would increase businesses likelihood of using NZ based hosting, which would be slightly cheaper. Online backups would become a viable business. The list goes on.

Personally im happy with my ADSL2+ speed for now, but even thought it would be great to have fibre, theres not a lot of point if its going to rip through the cap in a matter of seconds.

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  Reply # 259755 30-Sep-2009 15:37 Send private message

DRATSAB - In answer to your question, yes and no. It is raised but no government proposal.

International connectivity
106. The capacity and reliability of New Zealand?s international data connectivity will
become increasingly important as LFCs? networks are deployed over the course of the
UFB Initiative. The government has been closely monitoring market-led developments
for additional international data connectivity, and has been holding discussions with a
number of relevant market participants.
107. The government is encouraged by the developments in this space and does not
consider that additional measures are desirable or necessary at this time.

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  Reply # 267395 27-Oct-2009 18:50 Send private message

webup: Finally!

Now NZ e-commerce needs to come into the modern world!

I was appalled at how few major retailers have a online store you can buy from.
While I was living in the UK 80% of my buys were online here its 2%.

Maybe if enough of us returning kiwis make some noise about it then the companies will lift their game.


And those that do have online shops have terrible, terrible websites. If it's not a site built entirely in flash, or whatever (Hell) it's a site which browses like a crappy flyer stuck through your letterbox (DSE). Come on folks, it's the 21st century already!

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