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Next Move to Deliver Next Generation Broadband

Telecom Makes the Next Move to Deliver Next Generation Broadband

Telecom said today it will be rolling out the next generation of broadband technology from June.

The installation of ADSL2+ will start in June, laying the platform for the delivery of Next Generation Broadband (NGB) services in the following months.

General Manager Wired Matt Crockett said the next phase of services were part of the multi-year $1.4 billion transformation of Telecom’s network.

“Telecom has partnered with Alcatel to put this substantial new telecommunications infrastructure foundation in place, taking business and consumer broadband services to the next level,” Matt Crockett said

Alcatel’s General Programme Manager Warren Mickens said the project is a major step in delivering a world class broadband capability for New Zealanders.

“The Telecom-Alcatel partnership will deliver much higher broadband internet speeds this year as well as the introduction of more high quality next generation broadband services, critical to New Zealand’s economic and social future,” Mr Mickens said.

The NGB services to be introduced to parts of New Zealand this year include:

• High speed broadband services designed to deliver peak download speeds of up to 24Mbps subject to location of customers;

• Home based video calling with dedicated handsets;

• A broadband Internet Protocol (IP) television trial that builds on the in–house trial of IP TV now being conducted among some Telecom staff;

Matt Crockett said these mass market services would complement the high bandwidth broadband offers now available to larger business customers, including One Office which offers broadband connections with speeds of up to 1000Mbps.

He said the wider transformation of Telecom’s network was on track.

“The big piece of background work going on is the build of the all IP network and we are set to start moving customers onto Next Generation Voice IP services from early 2007.

“The Next Generation Voice Trial we conducted last year with customers throughout New Zealand has given us a lot of lessons about what customers really want.

“It’s exciting to be on a path which will soon start to deliver really high speeds and, even better, services such as video to our customers,” Matt Crockett said.

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