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Reply # 188403 9-Jan-2009 16:06
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1. Improve the overall quality and reliability of the access network nationwide. This probably means- some more cabinetisation of existing exchanges in fringe areas and development of some rural infrastructure (either fixed wireless or wired - not fussed) - How to spend $1.5b



This is precisely what they should invest the money in. There are many of us out there without access to wired high speed broadband, and many areas that Telecom have no plans for.I just hope that this money doesn't go into providing cable for areas like Remuera, Parnell, Epsom etc.

Also what the hell is happening with the BIF(Broadband Initiative Funding) applications. One media release back in November by the interim government and then quiet??????

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  Reply # 188891 12-Jan-2009 07:32
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djrm:
Also what the hell is happening with the BIF(Broadband Initiative Funding) applications. One media release back in November by the interim government and then quiet??????


The only thing I've heard was a CommsDay story last Thursday that said "a decision on Labour’s NZ$340 million contestable Broadband fund is imminent". Read whatever you like into that.




 

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 190106 17-Jan-2009 01:33
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cokemaster:
DjShadow:is there any reason to put the Cabnetisation (fibre to the node) project on hold?


Aren't the new cabinets already fiber fed, so it would make sense if one was to go fiber to the home to distribute the fiber from the cabinet to the home?

Yes that is how Fibre to the home works. Not all fibre is created equal, so you have lots of fibre feeding central points like a phone exchange and then a bit more backhaul going out to cabinets where they exist. The cabinet will contain equipment to supply adsl or fibre to subscribers. The fibre is not the same kind of signal and would probably connect to similar equipment that would involve swapping ADSL for something like GPON. The advantage for GPON is lower maintenance costs, no active nodes are required to regenerate the signal after it leaves the cabinet, and it can be run in a loop to improve reliability. Once installed it should be cheaper to provide, but no point to upgrade it until phone lines get too old and/or expensive to maintain so you would expect to only see it in new suburbs for a while. Speeds may not change much for internet until we get those new international cables. Some areas or buildings may not suit FTTH anyway, but I hope contention ratios improve over time.




Qualified in business, certified in fibre, stuck in copper, have to keep going  ^_^



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  Reply # 194719 8-Feb-2009 11:08
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Looking at Stuff this morning, looks like on thursday we will get our first look at what National wants to do with the FTTH network
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  Reply # 198134 26-Feb-2009 07:56
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NZHerald indicates we will see some details of the Fibre to the Home plan today

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  Reply # 198198 26-Feb-2009 11:52
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I am hoping that they have not been pursuaded by the big three blatent attempt to steal the show!!

Hope that the line companies get the chance to push cable further into areas that have been underserved.

Bet Telecom are sweating on the decision.

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  Reply # 198317 27-Feb-2009 07:31
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It seems that they are wanting to use dark fibre aka fibre leased from other network providers.

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  Reply # 198322 27-Feb-2009 08:26
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That doesn't make sense! Duplicating already existing fibre???

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  Reply # 198325 27-Feb-2009 08:41
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Well, the herald may have screwed it up. They said they would be laying dark fibre (which doesnt make sense). Dark fibre networks are just networks that run over existing fibre networks which are leased by the provider. I assume that in places without fibre they will lay it and in places such as Auckland where Vector and others already have almost full fibre coverage they will just lease it from the provider.

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  Reply # 198343 27-Feb-2009 09:39
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Yes, sounds like a screw up by NZHerald.

Still sounds a bit iffy though. Does that mean the NZ goverment are going to be an ISP. I thought the whole point was to lay new fibre where no existing network, and replace the copper. 

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  Reply # 198432 27-Feb-2009 19:43
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djrm:
Still sounds a bit iffy though. Does that mean the NZ goverment are going to be an ISP. I thought the whole point was to lay new fibre where no existing network, and replace the copper. 


No, The government will not be an ISP. They will simply be part owners of the low-level network - ie the fibre itself, plus the main routing equipment (constructed and maintained by whichever compan(y|ies) who they decide to have build the network, eg Vector), and then simply sell access to it to all ISPs who want it.

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