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Topic # 83942 24-May-2011 08:43
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World-beating ultra fast broadband for Christchurch

The government will partner with the Christchurch City Council’s company Enable Networks to bring ultra fast broadband to every home and business in the city.

The rollout will start immediately with schools, hospitals and businesses covered by 2015, and links to all homes completed before 2019.

The government’s agreement with Enable Networks covers the Christchurch and Rangiora regions.

“This is a hugely ambitious programme that will see New Zealand leapfrog its competitors and become one of the most connected countries in the world,” says Minister for Communications and Information Technology Steven Joyce.

“The government’s investment of $1.5 billion will be matched by its commercial partners, bringing Kiwis the best network for the least cost.”

Mr Joyce said that by partnering with Enable Networks, a Council owned company, the government is in an excellent position to ensure that the rollout of broadband happens alongside the rebuilding of other infrastructure.

“The government, the Council, and Enable Networks will work together to make sure that we deliver as much as we can, as quickly as we can to the people and businesses of Christchurch.

“These broadband speeds will revolutionise the way Kiwi firms do business, the way our kids learn and the way our health services deliver to us as patients.

“Christchurch businesses know just how important it is to have information stored off site to be up and running quickly after a disaster.

“Ultra fast broadband will make businesses more resilient by allowing them to store vital data off site.”

Mr Joyce said ultra fast broadband will connect businesses with international markets, making it easier for small firms to earn export dollars.

“The access prices CFH have negotiated will ensure the benefits of fibre are within easy reach of businesses as well as everyday New Zealanders.

Wholesale household prices will start at $40 or less per month for an entry level product and $60 per month for the 100 Megabit product. There are no connection charges for households.

Mr Joyce says today is a very exciting day for Christchurch and New Zealand.
“The future of broadband is in fibre, and taking it right to the home will bring significant gains for productivity, innovation and global reach.”







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  Reply # 473292 24-May-2011 08:44
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And the second release:


Ultra Fast Broadband deal puts NZ ahead of the pack

The government has today reached agreements with Telecom New Zealand and Enable Networks that will complete the roll out of ultra fast broadband (UFB) to 75% of New Zealanders where they live, work and study.

The government will partner with Enable Networks, which is 100% owned by Christchurch ratepayers through the Christchurch City Council, to build an ultra fast broadband network for Christchurch, Rangiora and surrounding areas.

The Telecom deals will see a fibre optic network built in Auckland, the eastern and lower North Island and most of the South Island.

As part of the deal, Telecom must split off its network arm, Chorus, into a completely separate company, so that all broadband retailers can compete fairly to on-sell wholesale ultra fast broadband. Chorus will maintain the Kiwishare obligations currently placed on Telecom.

These are the third and fourth partnerships in place for the roll out of the UFB initiative.  The government already has partnerships in place with Ultra-fast Broadband Limited and Northpower Limited covering the rest of urban New Zealand.  The UFB is complemented by the Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI) which is rolling out much faster broadband to our rural communities.

Today’s agreements with Telecom and Enable mean the government will reach its goal of bringing ultrafast broadband to 75% of New Zealanders by 2019. The rollout will start immediately with schools, hospitals and 90% of businesses covered by 2015.

The Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Steven Joyce, says the UFB will provide an economic boost to New Zealand as we leapfrog many of our competitors to become one of the most wired countries in the world.

“Ultra Fast Broadband is a key part of the government’s economic growth plan. Broadband speeds of 100 Mbps and more will revolutionise the way many businesses operate – for example high-quality videoconferencing will remove the tyranny of distance enabling face to face contact with clients anywhere around the world without leaving the office.”

Mr Joyce thanked the Crown Fibre Holdings Board and leadership for their work to negotiate such strong agreements on behalf of the Crown and the taxpayer.

“The access prices CFH have negotiated will ensure the benefits of fibre are within easy reach of businesses as well as everyday New Zealanders.”

Wholesale household prices will start at $40 or less per month for an entry level product and $60 per month for the 100 Megabit product. There are no connection charges for households.

Mr Joyce says today is a very exciting day for New Zealand.

“The future of broadband is in fibre, and taking it right to the home will bring significant gains for productivity, innovation and global reach.”



 


 




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  Reply # 473297 24-May-2011 08:51
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Hmm, heard this before.

It was announced back in December that Tauranga was supposed to be the first (equal) city to get the rollout .

Now, 6 months later, there is NO UPDATES!! No rollout schedule, no estimates , it is a news blackout.

Someone mentioned in GZ that the schools are being connected first, but there has been nothing in the media. You'd think the first connection to the new network would be a 'cutting of the ribbon' type event. But, nada!!

The WEL webpage has not been updated since going live....

http://www.wel.co.nz/index.asp?pageID=2145884626

You'd have thought there would at least be a press release since September last year.

Maybe it is a secret rollout.





 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 473310 24-May-2011 09:18
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It's a fairly large project, Just because the agreement is in place doesn't mean they can put guys on the ground. Vendor's have to be secured and time frames gotten from them. It's expected these days that large equipment orders of non-off-the-shelf gear can take 3 months from when the order is place to get the gear.

Also WEL seem to be starting off in Wanganui
http://www.wanganuichronicle.co.nz/local/news/cost-of-ultra-fast-broadband-revealed/3952241/

There is also alot of work that has only just recently been sorted out like the contracts between the LFC and the RSP's




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  Reply # 473317 24-May-2011 09:35
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At least they give a time frame in that article.

Tauranga is included in the same rollout...

http://sunlive.co.nz/news/9929-council-thanks-broadband-boost.html

I'm sure that they are going as fast as possible. However would be nice to see some progress info on the WEL website .

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  Reply # 473344 24-May-2011 10:29
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It is quite accurate regarding the schools.

A lot of our customers are now on fibre thanks to enable running straight past their premesis to the local school down the road using main trunks.

Papanui Road has it, Riccarton road and a few branches out toward halswell.

A lot of schools have used it for some time now.

http://www.gcsn.school.nz/support/faq

Make it easy for laying when most the roads are going to be torn up again :) Its all band-aid repairs for the time being.

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  Reply # 473360 24-May-2011 11:15
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UFB progressing = good
Pacific Fibre progressing = good

Next step, national IX / peering - similar to what Singapore are doing:
http://www.ida.gov.sg/Infrastructure/20090708173942.aspx

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  Reply # 473469 24-May-2011 14:17
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Really disappointed that we are stuck with Telecom in Auckland, and anywhere else where the smaller players couldn't compete with the all-or-nothing lobbying and other threats by Telecom. But then the alternative fibre bidders weren't perfect either but perhaps could have shown where chorus2 has to extract its profits to compensate for the deal its given CFH. I am thinking they have to get maximum value from reusing or shutting down existing phone exchanges.

I suspect some of Telecom's advantage was about being able to limit the competition with its own copper services, while potentially competing on international bandwidth while also cherry-picking fibre customers if they had missed the UFB contract.




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  Reply # 473478 24-May-2011 14:31
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Chorus has to be de-merged from the Telecom group, fully separate staff and stock exchange listing everything.

It's going to be very interesting to see what stays with Telecom and what goes into Chorus. XT network for example won't be in Chorus I'd imagine but all the fibre feeding it where does that go?

Chorus has the massive advantage in Auckland of already having FTTN via cabinetisation in every suburb.  Vector was starting from having backbone and CBD type areas only, wouldn't have been able to match the Chorus plan.

Alot of the smaller regions 20-50k pop didn't even have seem to have a competiting option to Telecom/Chorus, so the all or nothing way was totally the way to go for Telecom.  Interesting that Christchurch was sacrificed.

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  Reply # 473511 24-May-2011 16:17
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I just hope consumers don't read those $ values and expect to only pay $40 a month for a fibre connection.




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  Reply # 473519 24-May-2011 16:39
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Ragnor:
Alot of the smaller regions 20-50k pop didn't even have seem to have a competiting option to Telecom/Chorus, so the all or nothing way was totally the way to go for Telecom.  Interesting that Christchurch was sacrificed.


Word on the street is that Enable are likely to partner with Chorus to actually deliver Christchurch and Rangiora.

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  Reply # 473756 25-May-2011 00:04
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Cymro:
Ragnor:
Alot of the smaller regions 20-50k pop didn't even have seem to have a competiting option to Telecom/Chorus, so the all or nothing way was totally the way to go for Telecom.  Interesting that Christchurch was sacrificed.


Word on the street is that Enable are likely to partner with Chorus to actually deliver Christchurch and Rangiora.


Or downer? 

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  Reply # 473772 25-May-2011 06:20
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Morph:
Cymro:
Ragnor:
Alot of the smaller regions 20-50k pop didn't even have seem to have a competiting option to Telecom/Chorus, so the all or nothing way was totally the way to go for Telecom.  Interesting that Christchurch was sacrificed.


Word on the street is that Enable are likely to partner with Chorus to actually deliver Christchurch and Rangiora.


Or downer? 


My understanding is the partnership with Chorus is to enable access to the existing FTTN infrastructure rather than replicating it. Downer don't actually own any infrastructure.

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  Reply # 474099 25-May-2011 19:30
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I imagine any company that had won over Telecom would have partnered with Chorus to access its pit and pipe network, and may be even required to attempt negotiations to use any existing infrastructure. Wonder if Chorus2 will be negotiating for competitors duct/fibre where they don't have duplicated OSP assets. Also wonder if there will be any way to use the old copper as a way to compete and eventually keep the LFCs honest in terms of pricing. Competition is the only way I reckon, even though its less efficient.




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  Reply # 475009 28-May-2011 00:18
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Sounds like Telecom was given a few exceptions to get them the contract. They don't have to share ownership of an LFC company, but chorus2 will actually be the fibre co itself with direct shareholding of telecom investors. Fair enough, except that it will allegedly also own the copper line network.

Some of the publicity says CFH will not have voting rights during the build period, in contrast to other LFCs, which sounds like just begging for more monopolistic behavior once again. Some stories seem to assume that "unbundling" of the dark fibre to retail providers won't be required until 2018, despite dark fibre wholesaling being the original purpose of the whole programme. Seems that most of the free market ideals were lost in the drive to make the build economic within available budget.




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