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FX Networks complets delivery of KAREN's new national network

Posted on 17-Nov-2010 08:21 | Filed under: News

FX Networks has completed delivery of KAREN’s new national network to REANNZ in record time and on budget.

As announced in June, FX was awarded the national connectivity contract for KAREN. A new NZ land speed record for rolling out the next generation network was achieved. As part of the rollout, FX added 530km of mainly rural fibre in six months.

In the final stages of the project fibre was being ‘spliced’ together at a rate of 1 new fibre per minute on average. More than 20 fibre crews were deployed on the project. 19 Multi-gigabit Lightpaths were provisioned around the network in a matter of weeks.

Also central to the success of the project was the relationship between FX and it’s urban and rural dark fibre partners, Citylink, Enable, Flute, Network Tasman, Inspired Networks, Unison and Electricity Ashburton. Vector Communications, Alpine Energy and Network Waitaki were also involved.

As a result of this build, and thanks to the KAREN investment, the FX Network is now live in 5 new cities – Nelson, Ashburton, Timaru, Oamaru and Dunedin potentially reaching into another 20,000 businesses in the South Island via Local Fibre Companies and wholesale relationships with companies including Telecom NZ.

FX Networks GM Jamie Baddeley says the speed of the rollout is testament to FX’s ability to deliver advanced networking all around NZ. “Our customers are happy and the FX team has done an amazing job delivering such a significant project in such a short space of time..” “Our partnerships with the LFC’s in various cities and towns around the country have also helped us deliver this great outcome to the advanced networking community in New Zealand..” “..what also made a difference was the pragmatic, outcomes focused approach to the project by the team at REANNZ..”

Donald Clark, CEO of REANNZ says “We’ve been impressed by FX’s ability to deliver to our unique network and service requirements, on time and to the high standards we set. We are confident that FX and its partners can deliver the responsive, pragmatic, forward-thinking service required for our members’ specialist needs.”