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Gigabit Ultra-fast Broadband a logical next step

Gigabit Ultra-fast Broadband a logical next step as rollout steams ahead

InternetNZ has reacted favourably to Telecom's proposal that speed limits be increased on the new Ultra-fast Broadband networks being built around New Zealand.

"The fibre technology deployed as part of the UFB build can deliver one gigabit services. This is clearly the case, with one of the Local Fibre Companies already making this available on their network," says InternetNZ Chief Executive Jordan Carter.

"A range of nation-wide commercial services consistent across all UFB providers, including a maximum speed service at 1000mbps down, 500mbps up, is Telecom's suggestion. This is a suggestion we urge all the LFCs to explore.

"The UFB is a vitally important piece of infrastructure for New Zealand's development. With the rollout - impressively - going ahead of plan, and take-up taking off, it's already a huge success story.

"The question is whether we are making the best use of UFB. A commercial offer of lightning quick gigabit speeds would be a significant step towards doing so," Jordan Carter says.

"Suggestions like this one from Telecom represent a big opportunity for all the Local Fibre Companies to show they're responding to demand from their customers, and driving product innovation and new revenue opportunities off the infrastructure they have built.

"We look forward to their responses - and hope they will be positive," concludes Jordan Carter.


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