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# 105609 18-Jan-2008 23:05
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InternetNZ released a document on cabinetasation today and sent out a press release. The text is below, with a link to download the PDF document:


InternetNZ releases cabinetisation report


Media Release - 18 January 2008 - InternetNZ (the Internet Society of New Zealand Inc) today releases the attached report commissioned from Amos Aked Swift (AAS), which investigates and makes recommendations related to cabinetisation and local loop unbundling.


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InternetNZ is still considering its own policy position in respect of these issues. In the meantime we recommend industry and public discussion of the recommendations in the report.


“Cabinetisation will drive fibre optic cable roll-out closer to the home, and this raises a number of issues for the Government in ensuring a level playing field for competitors regardless of whether services are delivered on old copper technologies or new fibre,” says InternetNZ Executive Director Keith Davidson.


“The proposals in this report would appear to provide a good starting point as to how these issues might be handled.”

The key proposals in the report are:

  • Regulation must be more proactive especially with regard to changing technologies.
  • The Long Term Benefit of End-users (LTBE) must be defined and used to drive regulatory decisions.
  • Copper loops that Telecom intends to remove should instead be offered to new entrants.
  • Anti-competitive outcomes must be treated as anti-competitive intent.
  • There must be equivalent access to Telecom facilities in the exchange, the cabinet and any other aggregation points that develop within the network.
  • The implications of Government investment in infrastructure need to be quantified quickly in respect to penetration of fibre to the home (FTTH) and LTBE.

“InternetNZ hopes the AAS report helps provide a constructive background for further debate within the industry,” Davidson says.






 
 
 
 


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  # 105611 18-Jan-2008 23:07
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I know someone who lives in Pt chev, and they are happy that they will be moving from sometimes 1 meg to a decent connection. The peninsular is quite long tho, anyone know where the cabinet(s) will be going? Because if theres only 1 at one end of it then a lot of people will still be too far to get good speeds.




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richms: I know someone who lives in Pt chev, and they are happy that they will be moving from sometimes 1 meg to a decent connection. The peninsular is quite long tho, anyone know where the cabinet(s) will be going? Because if theres only 1 at one end of it then a lot of people will still be too far to get good speeds.

According to Tuesday's Herald:

First on the list is Pt Chevalier, which can look forward to improved internet service by the middle of the year.

Residents can expect to see spray paint marking the location of new roadside telecommunications cabinets - and an end to below-par internet service.

Despite being only 6km from central Auckland, Pt Chevalier's 3000 households have limited or non-existent broadband access.

The broadband blackspot is caused by the suburb's location on a peninsula, up to 5km from the local telephone exchange at the intersection of St Lukes and New North Rds.


Sounds like more than just one cabinet to me Smile


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  # 105634 19-Jan-2008 07:19
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Wasnt there suppose to be one cabinet every so many kilometres in and around an urban area. I cant remember how many kms it was though

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  # 105712 19-Jan-2008 19:45
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Interesting set of summary points (I have yet to read the full report).

Its a difficult job for the government keeping up with these sorts of developments, and I wonder at times how well equipped the govt really is to handle it.  The first summary point about being more proactive is very valid, but the same could be said for the govt across a whole bunch of policy areas - not just telecommunications.  IMHO - policy making by its very nature is an evolutionary process - not revolutionary - so it will always going to be behind the times.

The point about anti competitive outcomes being treated as anti competitive intent is classic! Firstly, its like saying ever accidental death is murder.  It also tries to supercede one of the foundations of the whole justice system - evidence (a minor consideration granted - but fairly important).;-) It  suggests that if an outcome is deemed anti competitive then that was the intent all along without actually having to prove it?? Once again - maintaining an industry that abides by a govt view of what constitutes competition is still the number one priority - regardless of whether or not it delivers the technology outcomes needed.

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