Tuesday, 31 May 2016 21:35

Chorus, Nokia extend partnership on NZ ultra high speed broadband

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New Zealand's largest telecommunications infrastructure provider, Chorus, and Nokia have inked a three-year extension to their technology partnership to facilitate further investment in New Zealand’s ultra high speed broadband program.

Under the agreement, Nokia will continue to deploy a mix of fixed access solutions, including fibre-based GPON FTTH and copper-based VDSL2 technology, along with new IP routing and optical carrier transport services to help create the network scale and capacity needed by Chorus.

The agreement builds on a five-year managed services cooperation announced last year, where Nokia delivers monitoring and analysis of the operator’s nationwide copper and fibre wholesale networks.

Nokia Oceania managing director, Ray Owen, said Nokia would also provide network operations support, including managed services expertise to deliver “high service quality for customers”.

According to Tim Harris, chief commercial officer at Chorus, investments in the broadband network, combined with consumer uptake of telecom services, have seen the average broadband connection speed across the Chorus network increase to 27Mbps now, from 10Mbps in 2012.

Harris says that, in parallel, the adoption of streaming video-on-demand services is driving significant network traffic, with one in three New Zealanders now subscribing to unlimited data plans – an increase of 300% over the previous year.

“Demand for ultra-fast broadband data services is increasing at a staggering pace. Fibre connections especially are growing strongly, most at 100Mbps or more. VDSL2 connections are also increasing with average speeds now exceeding 50Mbps.

“The Chorus network must be able support these speeds all the time and provide a sustained performance level at any time of day. Therefore, ensuring our networks can continue to scale and accommodate future bandwidth growth whilst remaining congestion-free is essential. Nokia’s expertise and industry leading fixed access, IP routing and transport solutions ensure we can meet this demand whilst reducing cost per bit.”

Owen, said, “Chorus is building an industry-leading broadband network that will support New Zealand’s future digital innovations and economic developments. We’re excited to be a part of that evolution, and are working hard to ensure our technology expertise and innovations in ultra-broadband access, routing and transport continue to help Chorus achieve that."

Chorus says New Zealand’s current broadband network shows:

•    Total New Zealand fibre connections grew by 135% in 2015 – 200,000 homes and businesses are now connected;

•    The average household used about 96 gigabytes of broadband data in January 2016 across Chorus' copper and fibre networks, almost double vs. a year ago;

•    A total of 46% of consumer and business fibre connections are now on speeds of 100Mbps or more, up from 25% a year ago; and

•    Average VDSL peak speeds on the Chorus copper network have increased from 35Mbps to over 50Mbps following network improvements.

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