Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


CallPlus to extend Better Network to reach more NZ homes

26 November 2012

CallPlus to extend Better Network to reach more NZ homes

CallPlus has deployed the largest Unbundled Local Loop network in New Zealand with over 150 exchanges nationwide reaching 900,000 households.

Today, this network is used by the CallPlus retail brands, Slingshot and Flip, to provide home voice and broadband services at significantly lower prices.

Mark Callander, CEO of CallPlus, states “Our plan is to extend the reach of our Better Network to a further 350,000 homes throughout the country by unbundling an additional 150 exchanges and roadside cabinets with VDSL2 capability. A significant portion of this investment will be non-urban areas that are currently under served with little real choice in terms of telecommunication services.”

“While the economics are not as good as the initial roll out, there will be significant benefits in making our New Zealand developed voice platform available to as many homes as possible,” says Callander.

CallPlus will deploy VDSL2 technology in these exchanges and cabinets thereby improving speeds into the home - with the latest iteration of this copper-based technology being capable of running at 100mbps if the customer is within 400-500 metres.

CallPlus is fully supportive of the eventual move to fibre, but the short term focus for the Ultra-fast Broadband (UFB) network build is priority areas including schools and business.

“CallPlus Business is already providing retail fibre services over this network to these market segments, in fact over 75 schools have already signed up. With eighteen handovers established throughout the country, CallPlus is one of the largest players in the UFB market today.”

The reality with fibre to homes is that the forecasted number of connected homes over the next decade is not much more than the forecasted household population increase.

“This combined with the fact copper based services play a critical role in reducing the digital divide for those homes that cannot afford fibre, could leave New Zealand with almost the same number of households still connected to copper networks by 2020.”

Callander concludes “New Zealand can’t afford to slip further behind the rest of the world and investment in copper based services such as VDSL is a logical step that will assist the eventual migration and uptake to fibre. It’s now up to the Commerce Commission to ensure ISPs don’t simply get squeezed at the expense of Chorus and ultimately competition in the market”.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

What Winter? Temperature Records Set For June 20-22

The days around the winter soltice produced a number of notably warm tempertaures. More>>

Conservation Deal: New Kākāpō Recovery Partnership Welcomed

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says the new kakapo recovery partnership between DOC and Meridian Energy is great news for efforts to save one of New Zealand’s most beloved birds. More>>

ALSO:

Tech Sector Report: Joyce Warns Asian Tech Investors View NZ As Hobbits And Food

Speaking in Wellington at the launch of a report showcasing the value of the technology sector to the New Zealand economy, Joyce said more had to be done to tell the country's technology stories overseas. More>>

ALSO:

Mediaglommeration: APN Gets OIO Approval For Demerger Plan

APN News & Media has received Overseas Investment Office approval for its plan to split out its NZME unit ahead of a potential merger with rival Fairfax Media's New Zealand operations. More>>

New Paper: Ninety-Day Trial Period Has No Impact On Firms' Hiring

The introduction of a 90-day trial period has had no impact on hiring by New Zealand companies although they are now in widespread use, according to researchers at Motu Economic and Public Policy Research. More>>

ALSO:

Corrections: Serco Exits Equity Stake, Remains As Operator

Serco has sold its equity stake in the company that holds the contract to design, build and run Wiri Prison in South Auckland but continues as sub-contractor to operate the facility. More>>

GDP: NZ Economy Grows Faster-Than-Forecast 0.7%

New Zealand's economy grew at a faster pace than expected in the first quarter of 2016 as construction expanded at the quickest rate in two years. The kiwi dollar jumped after the data was released. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news