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Topic # 144292 14-May-2014 09:35
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  Reply # 1043456 14-May-2014 09:43
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From: https://www.nzx.com/companies/CNU/announcements/250396

 

STOCK EXCHANGE ANNOUNCEMENT

 

14 May 2014

 

Chorus Accelerate delivers step change to New Zealand’s broadband capability

 

Chorus has today announced a new set of broadband products designed to deliver greater speeds, enhanced HD video capability, more choices for the telecommunications industry and a clear path to fibre.

 

The Chorus Accelerate product range offers commercial copper and fibre products. These products will be available alongside the standard regulated products, allowing the industry to choose the products that best meet their needs.

 

“The Chorus Accelerate range is a direct response to feedback from our customers,” said Mark Ratcliffe, Chorus CEO. “We know that our customers have been asking us for greater speeds, products that give them the confidence to market value-added HD video services, more choices and better value. Chorus Accelerate gives them all of this and more.”

 

“Chorus Accelerate is an integrated portfolio of products. Each product provides a logical step towards the fibre future, as well as ensuring that New Zealanders enjoy the best possible broadband today. Chorus Accelerate also makes it much easier and better value for more end users to make the switch to Chorus UFB fibre as soon as it is available in their area.”

 

Investment in infrastructure

 

Chorus Accelerate will be powered by a multi-million dollar investment in core Chorus infrastructure.

 

Chorus has today announced an investment in the Alcatel-Lucent 7950 Extensible Routing System (XRS) to handle the high growth in bandwidth demand in our network and the additional capacity required to support the Chorus Accelerate range.

The XRS network switch can handle up to 16 terabits of data per second, which enables Chorus to provide service commitments for both new copper and fibre services.

 

Chorus is the first communications infrastructure provider in the Asia Pacific region to invest in this world leading solution. This additional capability builds on the $500m investment made in fibre to the node.

 

New fibre products

 

Chorus will launch three new product groups for fibre.

 

Fibre 100 will be priced at the initial wholesale price of $40 per 100/20 connection, making it the de facto entry level fibre plan.

 

Chorus will also introduce Fibre 200 – a range of 200Mbps fibre products for end users who demand some of the fastest broadband speeds in the world, along with Fibre Business, which includes a 1Gbps product available across Chorus’ fibre footprint.

 

“Fibre is the long term solution for broadband in New Zealand, and our new products clearly set it apart from the copper-based products in terms of speed and value. Starting with a wholesale price of $40 for Fibre 100 is a conscious decision to make it the most attractive option for both the industry and end users as soon as fibre is available in our UFB areas.”

Chorus Accelerate Fibre products will also be slightly over-specified for their speeds, meaning that Retail Service Providers can be confident that if they pay for 100Mbps as a wholesale product, the end user will see 100Mbps.

 

Boosted copper

 

Chorus is also offering more choices for the telecommunications industry on its copper network. The new copper products support a clear migration path to fibre by expanding HD video capability.

 

“We know that the more bandwidth and better services people enjoy the more they want, and we are confident that better copper will also mean more end user demand for fibre,” continued Mark Ratcliffe.

 

“We also know that our customers are very focused on developing video services and these products will give them the confidence to market their new video services with the assurance that the Chorus network will deliver the experience that end users will love.”

 

The two new copper products are Boost HD and Boost VDSL.

 

Boost HD includes a service commitment that there will be enough bandwidth available in the Chorus network that the service Chorus provides to its industry customers will allow for an HD video stream at all times. The service commitment applies to data over the Chorus network, and RSPs will also need to provide adequate throughput to ensure their customers receive an ideal HD video experience.

 

Boost VDSL is a VDSL-based product that includes a “fibre ready” installation that will get the wiring within a property ready for fibre for an easier upgrade once fibre is available. The fibre ready installation will only be available in Chorus UFB areas. Both Boost products require capable lines.

 

Around 90% of the Chorus broadband capable lines will be Boost HD capable, and around 60% will be Boost VDSL capable.

 

Boost HD will be priced at the discounted wholesale rate of $44.98 until 1 December, the same as a standard broadband connection today. Boost VDSL will be priced at the wholesale rate of $49.98.

 

Chorus will review both prices upon completion of the Commerce Commission’s Final Pricing Principle reviews for UBA and UCLL scheduled to be done by 1 December 2014. Chorus expects that both Boost products will be priced at an appropriate premium to regulated Unbundled Bitstream Access (UBA) products.

 

Customer choice and speed to market

 

Chorus also remains committed to delivering its regulated broadband products and reiterated its previous commitment that it will not throttle the regulated broadband service to an unusable level in order to artificially create demand for commercial products.

 

“Customers will be free to choose the products that best meet their needs, whether they are from the regulated or the commercial product set,” said Mark Ratcliffe. “We are excited to offer a new range of commercial products that we believe respond to our customers’ needs in a dynamic and commercial way. Providing commercial products in addition to the regulated products also means we can move much more quickly to meet our customers’ needs as the industry evolves.”

 

Chorus will immediately commence a 60 day consultation period with the industry to finalise the technical details of the product descriptions.

 

The company is set to launch the new fibre products on 1 July 2014 and the new copper products on 1 September 2014, subject to market demand.

 

A table setting out more detail in respect of the new products is set out in the attached announcement.

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  Reply # 1043466 14-May-2014 09:58
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Good to see.

I might be missing something, what advantage on a month to month basis does boost VDSL provide over Boost HD? I can't see any advantage to the end user or ISP that would be worth paying extra for.


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1043493 14-May-2014 10:26
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Boost HD looks like an ADSL2+ offering, while Boost VDSL is well, VDSL :-)

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  Reply # 1043504 14-May-2014 10:37
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Be interested to know more about the 'boost' products.  

Will it only apply to HD video provided by the RSP (as only Vodafone are doing) or is it some form of CIR that can magically determine if traffic is video (youtube, netflix etc) and somehow gives guaranteed rates for that (albeit only inside the chorus network).

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  Reply # 1043506 14-May-2014 10:38
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Talkiet: Boost HD looks like an ADSL2+ offering, while Boost VDSL is well, VDSL :-)

Cheers - N


ha ha, yes, that would be the difference.
From a quick skim, I didn't see any mention of ADSL and the assumed the difference was the work at the site to enable a quick connection to fibre (not worth paying more for on a reoccurring basis) - hence why it didn't make sense.







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  Reply # 1043508 14-May-2014 10:38
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So when do I get 200Mbps fibre...

NonprayingMantis: Be interested to know more about the 'boost' products.  

Will it only apply to HD video provided by the RSP (as only Vodafone are doing) or is it some form of CIR that can magically determine if traffic is video (youtube, netflix etc) and somehow gives guaranteed rates for that (albeit only inside the chorus network).


To me it reads as a CIR high enough to support HD streaming. Of course, it doesn't clarify what the CIR will be.




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  Reply # 1043512 14-May-2014 10:39
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What exactly does this all mean? Better backhaul? Cabinet upgrades? Greater guaranteed speeds?





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  Reply # 1043538 14-May-2014 11:14
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hopefully more information comes out about this..

although the more i read it, the more i get the feeling its simply a higher CIR..




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  Reply # 1043544 14-May-2014 11:22
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Higher CIR would be great but maybe swapping out a few of those Conklins would be better :)

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  Reply # 1043548 14-May-2014 11:26
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All I read is;

Conklin Customers - who, what, meh your option is Wireless Broadband unless close to a VDSL2 capable upgraded cabinet.
ADSL1 Customers - Sorting out our congested backhaul so you don't have faster upload than download at peak times.  Just like it used to be. ADSL1 can handle one HD stream but not much more. other than that nothing.
ADSL2 Customers, or customers in those areas Telecom upgraded to ADSL2/VDSL a number of years ago - nothing new other than improved backhaul so you don't get congested services when watching HD LOL CATZ.
VDSL2 Customers - Lucky buggers you get Fibre pre wire and super fast plans, interesting they only have this available for UFB areas not those upgraded rural cabinets.
Fibre Customers - better differentiation between copper service and fibre, this is the way forward and if I could I'd sign up tomorrow.

mmm wonders if one reason to offer this is to get around the "we want more money from copper" and it being regulated lower, having to put up with a congested service or "you can choose" to pay more and we won't restrict your performance...

If, when, there is an absolute improvement is servie offering when 1 September comes around I'd have to sign up as these congested evenings are so frustrating, especially when I see my pfSense RRD graphs show full line rate downloads when I'm sleeping.

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p.s. no pitiful speedtest graph as I'm at work...

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hio77: although the more i read it, the more i get the feeling its simply a higher CIR..

The pessimist in me says that it's a way for Chorus to let the "non-Boost" product get overly congested if the Comcom regulated prices plummet...

Edit: Which Timbo just said!

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  Reply # 1043552 14-May-2014 11:31
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hio77: although the more i read it, the more i get the feeling its simply a higher CIR..

The pessimist in me says that it's a way for Chorus to let the "non-Boost" product get overly congested if the Comcom regulated prices plummet...

Edit: Which Timbo just said!


ha... i was trying to look on the positive side of things!




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  Reply # 1043568 14-May-2014 11:34
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Reads like marketing hype for general improvements in the backhaul network (being done anyway in order to support fibre).  Nothing to see here, move along.

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  Reply # 1043594 14-May-2014 11:50
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with the boost vdsl - does that mean that those we are 1KM can get descent speed now? or this is just totally pre wiring for fibre?

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  Reply # 1043595 14-May-2014 11:51
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Chrizvi: with the boost vdsl - does that mean that those we are 1KM can get descent speed now? or this is just totally pre wiring for fibre?


the way im reading it, theres no bandplan or profile changes.


the 1KM limit on VDSL is a physical limitation on how far the signal transfers...




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