New Zealanders are using the Internet to communicate more and in new ways, whether it’s to run their businesses, to teach their children or to be entertained at home. The country’s ageing telecommunications infrastructure is struggling to keep pace and the ability to remain competitive internationally depends on investment in new technologies. For this reason, the Government is investing to improve Internet access speeds in New Zealand, through the Ultra-Fast Broadband initiative.
Broadband is defined by the International Telecommunications Union as a service which provides transmission capacity in excess of 2.0 Megabits per second (Mbps). Ultra-Fast Broadband is generally defined as services which deliver much faster speeds, in excess of 25 Mbps. For the purposes of the New Zealand Government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband initiative, having access to Ultra-Fast Broadband is taken to mean the availability of broadband services at a minimum speed of 100 Mbps Downstream (from the Internet to the user) and a minimum of 50 Mbps Upstream (from user to the Internet).
Uptake of faster broadband speeds has been increasing rapidly worldwide in recent years. Optical fibre technology is the most commonly preferred means of delivering Ultra-Fast Broadband services worldwide. FTTP or Fibre To The Premise services connect households and businesses to the Internet via optic fibres, which transmit data using pulses of light. Fibre services allow transmission over longer distances and at higher bandwidths (data speeds) than other forms of communications. Specifications for Ultra-Fast Broadband in New Zealand also have reference to relevant international standards developed by the Metro Ethernet Forum and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
Crown Fibre Holdings’ partners are progressively releasing new wholesale products and services into the market. Together with CFH, they work closely with the New Zealand Telecommunications Forum (TCF) to design and agree processes and standards for the industry. A number of areas are still under development, including connections in multi-unit dwellings (MDUs), and order management and provisioning systems (BSS/OSS).
For more information (these links lead to material which is not part of the CFH site):
- New Zealand Telecommunications Forum: http://www.tcf.org.nz/
- International Telecommunications Union: http://www.itu.int/
- Metro Ethernet Forum: http://metroethernetforum.org/
- Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE): http://www.ieee.org/