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New Zealand - Ultra-Fast Broadband Network - Overview and Analysis

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The New Zealand Ultra-Fast Broadband and the Regional Broadband Initiatives are now both being deployed across the country, yet it will be many years for these developments to be completed. But these infrastructure deployments will set the stage for many new developments utilising these high-speed broadband networks.

Uptake of fibre has been slow during the first year as they have been in Australia where these new developments must compete with existing technologies. Yet these high-speed networks are now connecting schools with all schools to be connected by 2015.

The Rural Broadband Initiative is being developed by the joint venture of Chorus and Vodafone. Chorus is working on the rural network by installing and upgrading fibre to roadside cabinets and infrastructure equipment with retails service providers connecting the users while Vodafone is providing a wireless broadband service to many rural communities using the backbone fibre network.

In this report we provide an overview of the networks and the deliverables with BuddeComm analysis and we also provide an overview of the companies involved in the rollouts.

Background information on the Ultra-Fast Broadband Network can be found in our separate reports.

Key developments:

Wireless broadband, GPON, PON, regulatory issues, fibre rollouts progressing, Local Fibre Companies and their networks, Chorus not charging premium for wholesale VDSL, market developments to mid-2013.

Companies covered in this report include:

CFH, Orcon, Enable, Ericsson, WEL, Huawei, Northpower, Vodafone, Chorus, Transfield, Velocity Networks.

1. Synopsis
2. The UFB and RBI
2.1 Background information
2.2 Deployment developments
2.3 Will the deployment strategy last
2.4 The backbone network
2.5 NZ new networks will add $value to economy
2.6 VDSL developments
2.7 Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI)
2.7.1 Funding and usage
2.7.2 Speeds will increase over time to rural users
2.7.3 Statistical overview of the RBI rollout
3. BuddeComm analysis
3.1 All is not well with the UFB
3.2 Good infrastructure rollout but few customers
3.3 Overbuilding the networks overspends the investment dollar
3.4 Savings can pay for infrastructure
3.5 Independent networks communicating on the same layer
4. Overview of involved parties
4.1 Chorus
4.2 Crown Fibre Holdings (CFH)
4.2.1 The aim of the CFH
4.2.2 How will the role of the CFH work
4.2.3 Overview of progress
4.3 Enable Networks
4.4 Northpower Fibre
4.5 Transfield
4.6 Ultrafast Fibre Ltd
4.7 Vodafone
5. Related reports
Table 1 – Overview of RBI and some key performance indicators – 2012 - 2015
Table 2 – Overview of UFB rollout coverage by premise type and users available – 2011 - 2012
Exhibit 1 – The 33 UFB candidature regions by UFB LFC deployment company
Exhibit 2 – Brief overview of UFB deployment by area – 2010 - 2012
Exhibit 3 – Brief overview of RBI deployment – 2011 - 2012
Exhibit 4 – The Retail Service providers by LFC Chorus Limited – 2013
Exhibit 5 – The Retail Service providers of LFC Enable Networks – 2013
Exhibit 6 – The Retail Service providers of LFC Northpower Fibre – 2013
Exhibit 7 – The Retail Service providers of LFC Ultrafast Fibre – 2013

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