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Topic # 60774 3-May-2010 12:00
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Chorus’ fibre roll-out hits halfway mark

More than 1 million New Zealanders are now within reach of high-speed broadband as Chorus reaches the halfway point in its programme to bring fibre optic cable closer to homes.

The local telecommunications network operator switches on its 1,800th fibre-fed cabinet today, as part of what Chorus CEO Mark Ratcliffe says is the country’s largest ever initiative to upgrade the local broadband network.

“Bringing broadband equipment closer to people means they can experience faster broadband speeds, so for two years now Chorus has been busy extending the fibre network into neighbourhoods around New Zealand.

“In that time we’ve laid 1,500km of new fibre just for this project and connected 340,000 customers to our fibre-fed cabinets, so things are really humming along,” he said.

Mr Ratcliffe said that by taking fibre closer to homes, Chorus’ work is also creating a springboard for customers to benefit from ongoing advances in broadband technology.

“Service providers are deploying new VDSL2 broadband equipment which can generally double broadband speeds again for customers within about 1km.

“More than 50 percent of customers connected to our cabinets are within 500m and 90 percent are within 1km, so the platform we’re building will help make the most of these advances,” he said.

About 800 people from a range of organisations have been involved in the project across the country. Christchurch manufacturers Shape Technology and Eaton Power Quality Company have played a pivotal role, helping establish a manufacturing production line that produces an average of 25 cabinets a week.

Chorus began its national programme to deploy 3,600 fibre-fed cabinets connected by 2,500km of fibre in Point Chevalier in March 2008 and, combined with the upgrade of broadband equipment in telephone exchanges, aims to enable broadband speeds of 10-20Mbps for 80 percent of New Zealanders by the end of 2011.

As well as taking fibre deeper into suburbs, Chorus’ project is taking fibre to new towns including Te Anau, Akaroa, Gisborne and Westport. Chorus also regularly deploys fibre direct to business premises, as well as homes in new subdivisions. In the last year it added 3,000km of fibre to the wider Telecom network, taking the total amount of fibre in the network to 25,000km.

Fibre-fed cabinet facts

• Chorus has been upgrading cabinets across more than 20 centres around New Zealand. Taupo and Greymouth were the first towns to have their broadband upgrades completed
• About 750,000 customers will be connected to Chorus’ cabinets by the end of 2011
• Each cabinet will generally service up to 300 customers
• The cabinet body is made of 240kg of marine grade aluminium
• Cabinets are coated in a special paint to facilitate graffiti removal
• They contain battery back-up power supply as well as a generator connection in case of power-cuts
• At full load a cabinet uses 1200 watts, the same power as a one-bar heater
• They are designed to limit noise to about 30 decibels, just above the level of a whisper
• 650 key parts in each cabinet (1,150 including fastenings)
• 2 tonnes of concrete per cabinet base





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  Reply # 326330 4-May-2010 10:58
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Will fibre be that great?
I see them whacking on an extra $20+ for a fibre connection to all plans or something like that.

Think I'd prefer the copper on the BigTime plan cause speed won't make much of a difference.
Besides copper's speeds aren't that bad and it's cheaper



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  Reply # 326390 4-May-2010 12:05
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shiroshadows: Will fibre be that great?
I see them whacking on an extra $20+ for a fibre connection to all plans or something like that.

Think I'd prefer the copper on the BigTime plan cause speed won't make much of a difference.
Besides copper's speeds aren't that bad and it's cheaper


Just don't expect to have a "Big Time on Fiber" plan...




 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 326441 4-May-2010 13:01
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Fibre has other benefits like: lower latency, better reliability, less problems with distance/interference, higher ceiling for future growth.

I think it's reasonable to expect ISP's we be offereing a range of plans with a range of speeds: 10Mbit, 25Mbit, 50Mbit etc.. over FTTH (It's going to be 5-10 years till we see FTTH progressing).  You would expect comparable pricing between a internet connection over FTTH and a DSL connection via FTTN (Telecom).

It depends who wins the regional fibre proposals and what final models are chosen.  With the anti vertical integration rules Telecom are going to have to sell parts of the whole to be allowed to win regions, alternatively they may just decide to compete directly.

Crown Fibre/Fibre Co is supposed to increase competition via open access and should mean Telecom can't get away with the current regieme of monopoly profit maximising pricing on port costs, backhaul etc, requiring landline for DSL, high naked dsl pricing..

I have some concerns about how open and honest the FTTH system will be about backhaul CIR's, contention ratios for international traffic.

.. either way it's going to be interesting and more exciting than the 1990-2000's.

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  Reply # 326522 4-May-2010 15:46
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shiroshadows: Will fibre be that great?
I see them whacking on an extra $20+ for a fibre connection to all plans or something like that.

Think I'd prefer the copper on the BigTime plan cause speed won't make much of a difference.
Besides copper's speeds aren't that bad and it's cheaper


Your kidding right? have you been reading these forums, when I was working for Telecom some 3 years ago now the copper network was already creaking under the strain, god knows what mess it is in now. Also dont forget the fibre networking is less susceptable to degredation (therefore less maintenance costs and yes you would cringe at how much it costs Telecom each year to maintain the copper network even after the stipend it recieves), as well as being used to deliver more than just internet content (you dont think those ugly round dishes on everyones roof will be there forever do you?)

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  Reply # 326575 4-May-2010 18:31
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Ragnor: should mean Telecom can't get away with the current regieme of monopoly profit maximising pricing on port costs, backhaul etc


Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't those prices already regulated right now?

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  Reply # 326576 4-May-2010 18:39
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Cymro:
Ragnor: should mean Telecom can't get away with the current regieme of monopoly profit maximising pricing on port costs, backhaul etc


Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't those prices already regulated right now?


They sure are. And it's also worth remembering that with separation Telecom Retail pay the same prices any other provider do. People may complain about backhaul pricing but Telecom retail have to pay those exact same costs.

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  Reply # 326579 4-May-2010 18:49
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Ragnor: Fibre has other benefits like: lower latency, better reliability, less problems with distance/interference, higher ceiling for future growth.

I think it's reasonable to expect ISP's we be offereing a range of plans with a range of speeds: 10Mbit, 25Mbit, 50Mbit etc.. over FTTH (It's going to be 5-10 years till we see FTTH progressing).  You would expect comparable pricing between a internet connection over FTTH and a DSL connection via FTTN (Telecom).

It depends who wins the regional fibre proposals and what final models are chosen.  With the anti vertical integration rules Telecom are going to have to sell parts of the whole to be allowed to win regions, alternatively they may just decide to compete directly.

Crown Fibre/Fibre Co is supposed to increase competition via open access and should mean Telecom can't get away with the current regieme of monopoly profit maximising pricing on port costs, backhaul etc, requiring landline for DSL, high naked dsl pricing..

I have some concerns about how open and honest the FTTH system will be about backhaul CIR's, contention ratios for international traffic.

.. either way it's going to be interesting and more exciting than the 1990-2000's.


Sounds like all it's good for is gaming and live streaming

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  Reply # 326855 5-May-2010 12:12
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I just hope telecom dont decide to stop the rollout before its complete due to financial hardtimes.

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  Reply # 326859 5-May-2010 12:16
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mattbush: I just hope telecom dont decide to stop the rollout before its complete due to financial hardtimes.


It's a very real possibility they have been hammered by the government, competitors (trying to leach thier services) and consumers for so long it's debatable how long Telecom can remain contributing to it's infrastructure...

We reap what we sew.

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  Reply # 326860 5-May-2010 12:18
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ronindanbo:
mattbush: I just hope telecom dont decide to stop the rollout before its complete due to financial hardtimes.


It's a very real possibility they have been hammered by the government, competitors (trying to leach thier services) and consumers for so long it's debatable how long Telecom can remain contributing to it's infrastructure...

We reap what we sew.


Ah that would actually be "sow"

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  Reply # 326863 5-May-2010 12:21
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FreakyKiwi:
ronindanbo:
mattbush: I just hope telecom dont decide to stop the rollout before its complete due to financial hardtimes.


It's a very real possibility they have been hammered by the government, competitors (trying to leach thier services) and consumers for so long it's debatable how long Telecom can remain contributing to it's infrastructure...

We reap what we sew.


Ah that would actually be "sow"


A female pig? really?

lol well I stand corrected..

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  Reply # 326896 5-May-2010 13:13
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"sow" is correct. Yes, it's also a female pig :)

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