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Topic # 85301 16-Jun-2011 20:27
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Maurice Williamson wrote an article:

In the early 1990s, the then-electorates of Pakuranga and neighbouring Howick were the first to have fibre cables laid to people’s homes as part of Telecom’s First Media trial.
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Now that Telecom is to be the key provider of the ultra-fast broadband network, I hope that the fibre in the Pakuranga electorate, still owned by Telecom, will be lit up in the near future, making it one of the first electorates in New Zealand to experience ultra-fast broadband.
It would seem the obvious thing to do as the fibre is already laid and ready to use.

Even if for some technical reason the fibre is not ready for immediate use, the necessary ducting was all laid.

So there may be little, if any, expense to put new fibre through the existing ducting.


I thought the First Media network was coax? How would it be useful for UFB?
Or is the former Minister of Communications misinformed?

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  Reply # 482049 16-Jun-2011 22:04
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It's a HFC network, with similair architecture to TelstraClear's HFC networks in Chch, Wgtn and Kapiti. It didn't have the same node structure as their was no copper overlay.

Most of what got laid was coax, the fibre that exists would be of absolutely no use as it's architecture is completely different to what is required for a PON network.

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  Reply # 482531 18-Jun-2011 13:28
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Yeah i would say that if they had any areas with fibre to the home, then it would be point to point between the home and the 'cabinet'

Where as PON which is the current technology used, uses a trunk cable going down the street and special prisms at specific intervals to divide the light and send a link into each house.

To have an area on direct point to point would be too hard to administer and require tech training on two different pieces of network equipment and architecture.

Its good that the ducting is already there though.




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