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Network upgrade to increase Napier call capacity

Network upgrade to increase Napier call capacity

19 July - Broadcast Communications Limited (BCL) is undertaking a major network upgrade into Napier that will significantly increase telecommunications links into the Hawke's Bay region.

The upgrade will see new digital microwave equipment installed on three BCL transmission sites at Tataraakina near the township of Tarawera on the Napier-Taupo road, on Mt Erin and in Napier. Completion is scheduled for November this year.

BCL Managing Director Geoff Lawson said the new Napier digital microwave radio (DMR) link will provide increased capacity for broadcast, Internet, voice and data links into the Hawke's Bay region.

"This upgrade represents a major investment in new communications infrastructure that will significantly benefit the Hawke's Bay by increasing communications options and enabling new services," said Mr Lawson.

Mr Lawson said the new DMR link into Napier will be based on digital microwave radio equipment from Fujitsu and deliver capacity of 155 Mbps, equivalent to around 2,000 simultaneous voice calls. The new network also means capacity can be quickly and cost effectively increased to meet future demand.

BCL is also building a new 155 Mbps DMR link into Gisborne that will increase communications capacity into the district. In total, BCL is investing nearly $1 million in the two upgrades.

BCL, a member of the Transmission Holdings Limited group, aims to be an internationally acclaimed communications network company specialising in wireless engineering, telecommunications and broadcast services.

Services include broadcast linking and transmission, wholesale broadband wireless access, carrier class voice and data circuits, installation and co-location services, operations and maintenance and world-class engineering design consultancy.

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