does fibre to the home mean the fibre optic cable will run from the exchange to outside a person's driveway? if this is so will the entire footpath have to be dug up or do they just make a 1cm trench on footpaths to bury the cable? if all streets in new zealand are going to have this done then i wonder if streets will be able to handle it because cars will have to park on the street while the footpath outside their home is dug up and the cement has to dry too.
Fibre to the Home (FTTH) is being rolled out at the moment in new subdivisions. Telecom has already dedicated itself to not running any more copper cabling (which is what your current analogue lines use) instead running fibre optics.
I've see the small box which terminates fibre in the home, it will initially just provide internet and phone services. I don't think it'll be too long before it'll deliver voice + data + HD tv.
I've also heard the results of speed tests through FTTH - can't say what it is, but it's quick ;)
So if for some reason you're into TV you'll end up paying the startup costs of Sky, Freeview and what ever is on Fibre because they'll make sure you can't get all the content on any one delivery method.
zocster: Yeah I heard Pegasus sub div outskirts of North Canterbury has fibre laid already. Very nice I hope for speed.
Pegasus is TCL's - they are just installing their regular HFC based FTTN network like they already have in Wgtn, Chch and Kapiti. It will be interesting to see if that extends to FTTH as the rollout continues.
TV and Lband can be/is delivered over FTTH on a seperate optical band to the GPON digital systems and is maintained as a analog system albeit carrying DVB-S/DVB-T/DVB-C or PAL carriers, so as such is a seperate broadcast system which in effect is an extention fo the HFC cable network without recourse to copper cable technologies.