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# 141257 6-Mar-2014 11:29
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See here: http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/30020945/scrap-ufb-rollout-says-vodafone

Seems Vodafone is saying save some cash, use our cable, we will wholesale it - In areas it is already laid (CHCH and WGN). Seems Crown Fibre approached TelstraClear back in the day and they were not interested, but Vodafone is interested now. Seems sensible if other providers can wholesale the access and people can get the UFB experience and price from whoever can offer it.

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  # 1000059 6-Mar-2014 11:49
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How ironic. It wasn't long ago Newbury had essentially pulled the plug on HFC. Sounds like Rusty trying to build a business case to try and get further money for it to avoid it simply being scrapped because there is clearly plenty of money to be made from it as an asset if they only got the basics right such as delivering HFC products that at least matched the product offerings you can get over a copper connection.

Yes HFC is a great product and yes it's got 20+ years life left in it with plenty of room for significant developments in speed, especially with channel bonding.

At the end of the day however it's not fibre and shouldn't be treated as a replacement. It can't offer the same performance and to deliver benefits from things such as channel bonding to deliver 1Gbps  going forward node sizes need to be significantly reduced. There would need to be significant investment from VF into the network to deliver anything close to what UFB can deliver.





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