Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.




BDFL - Memuneh
67907 posts

Uber Geek

Administrator
Trusted
Geekzone
Lifetime subscriber

#41428 16-Sep-2009 09:15
Send private message

Just received this:


Ultra-fast broadband investment proposal finalised

Communications and Information Technology Minister Hon Steven Joyce today released the details of the government’s $1.5 billion ultra-fast broadband investment initiative. 

“Access to ultra-fast broadband is part of the essential infrastructure of a productive and growing economy and will be crucial to New Zealand improving its competitive advantage in the global market. 

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

“The government is committed to partnering with the private sector to accelerate the roll-out of ultra-fast broadband services to 75 percent of New Zealanders within the next ten years. 

“Submissions, alternate approaches and a range of regulatory issues have been carefully considered, and I believe this proposal will give best effect to the government’s goal.”

Key highlights of the proposal include:
• An open, transparent partner selection process, which will be initiated in the next month.
• Government investment directed to an open access, wholesale-only, passive fibre network infrastructure.
• A new Crown-owned investment company (“Crown Fibre Holdings”), which will be operational by October, to carry out the government’s partner selection process and manage the government’s investment in fibre networks. 
• Crown Fibre Holdings and each partner establishing a commercial vehicle, a “Local Fibre Company” (LFC), to deploy fibre network infrastructure and provide access to dark fibre products and, optionally, certain active wholesale Layer 2 services.
• Provision for national and regionally-focused proposals, as well as consortium and proposals aggregating any combination of LFC regions.
• Independence, equivalence and transparency requirements for LFCs.
• Expansion to 33 candidate coverage areas based on the largest urban areas (by population in 2021).

Mr Joyce says a lot of work has gone into getting the approach right for the government to co-invest with the private sector in broadband infrastructure. 

“Already a number of companies have shown interest in the government’s broadband initiative.  Now it’s time to get on with finding the right partners to build these networks.”
 
Further details on the government’s proposal are set out in an overview document available at www.med.govt.nz/ultra-fast-broadband.  Details and criteria for partner selection will be made available as part of the partner selection process.






 

 

These links are referral codes

 

Geekzone broadband switch | Eletricity comparison and switch | Hatch investment (NZ$ 10 bonus if NZ$100 deposited within 30 days) | Sharesies | Mighty Ape | Backblaze | Amazon | My technology disclosure 


Create new topic
517 posts

Ultimate Geek


  #256029 16-Sep-2009 09:48

Finally!

Now NZ e-commerce needs to come into the modern world!

I was appalled at how few major retailers have a online store you can buy from.
While I was living in the UK 80% of my buys were online here its 2%.

Maybe if enough of us returning kiwis make some noise about it then the companies will lift their game.

7068 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  #256042 16-Sep-2009 10:24
Send private message

I'm looking forward to decent broadband in the home. My employer has a 1 Gb/s fibre connection so the technology is definitely there if you have the money for it!

 
 
 
 


3581 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  #256066 16-Sep-2009 11:28
Send private message

I see the final proposal is not posted yet. The 46 page draft proposal is there but I haven't got time to read through it just at the moment. I see there are also over 100 submissions, so my question is, for anyone that has read through all this: Does it in any way address communications into and out of New Zealand, which is where the real problem lies?

7068 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  #256100 16-Sep-2009 12:43
Send private message

I don't know for certain (having not read it all myself) but the impression I have is that this proposal is simply for the "last mile" (should I say "last km" in a metric country?) rather than the international connectivity. I believe that there is plenty of bandwidth available through SCC if you're prepared to pay for it.

If national bandwidth becomes more prevalent then presumably it'll become more cost-effective to host content inside NZ. We may therefore see more local mirroring than we do now. Or maybe I have an over-active imagination :)

4025 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted

  #256767 18-Sep-2009 10:27
Send private message

I would be more interested in umetered national data for a start, on both business and home connections.
I reckon this would be more beneficial, as it would increase businesses likelihood of using NZ based hosting, which would be slightly cheaper. Online backups would become a viable business. The list goes on.

Personally im happy with my ADSL2+ speed for now, but even thought it would be great to have fibre, theres not a lot of point if its going to rip through the cap in a matter of seconds.

191 posts

Master Geek


  #259755 30-Sep-2009 15:37
Send private message

DRATSAB - In answer to your question, yes and no. It is raised but no government proposal.

International connectivity
106. The capacity and reliability of New Zealand?s international data connectivity will
become increasingly important as LFCs? networks are deployed over the course of the
UFB Initiative. The government has been closely monitoring market-led developments
for additional international data connectivity, and has been holding discussions with a
number of relevant market participants.
107. The government is encouraged by the developments in this space and does not
consider that additional measures are desirable or necessary at this time.

9 posts

Wannabe Geek


  #267395 27-Oct-2009 18:50
Send private message

webup: Finally!

Now NZ e-commerce needs to come into the modern world!

I was appalled at how few major retailers have a online store you can buy from.
While I was living in the UK 80% of my buys were online here its 2%.

Maybe if enough of us returning kiwis make some noise about it then the companies will lift their game.


And those that do have online shops have terrible, terrible websites. If it's not a site built entirely in flash, or whatever (Hell) it's a site which browses like a crappy flyer stuck through your letterbox (DSE). Come on folks, it's the 21st century already!

Create new topic




News »

Pre-orders for Huawei MateBook 13 open now
Posted 14-Aug-2020 14:26


Freeview On Demand app launches on Sony Android TVs
Posted 6-Aug-2020 13:35


UFB hits more than one million connections
Posted 6-Aug-2020 09:42


D-Link A/NZ extends COVR Wi-Fi EasyMesh System series with new three-pack
Posted 4-Aug-2020 15:01


New Zealand software Rfider tracks coffee from Colombia all the way to New Zealand businesses
Posted 3-Aug-2020 10:35


Logitech G launches Pro X Wireless gaming headset
Posted 3-Aug-2020 10:21


Sony Alpha 7S III provides supreme imaging performance
Posted 3-Aug-2020 10:11


Sony introduces first CFexpress Type A memory card
Posted 3-Aug-2020 10:05


Marsello acquires Goody consolidating online and in-store marketing position
Posted 30-Jul-2020 16:26


Fonterra first major customer for Microsoft's New Zealand datacentre
Posted 30-Jul-2020 08:07


Everything we learnt at the IBM Cloud Forum 2020
Posted 29-Jul-2020 14:45


Dropbox launches native HelloSign workflow and data residency in Australia
Posted 29-Jul-2020 12:48


Spark launches 5G in Palmerston North
Posted 29-Jul-2020 09:50


Lenovo brings speed and smarter features to new 5G mobile gaming phone
Posted 28-Jul-2020 22:00


Withings raises $60 million to enable bridge between patients and healthcare
Posted 28-Jul-2020 21:51



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.


Support Geekzone »

Our community of supporters help make Geekzone possible. Click the button below to join them.

Support Geezone on PressPatron



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.