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


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

The uptake of fibre was slow during the first year as such new developments must compete with existing technologies and many customers have waited for existing contracts with ISPs to expire before switching to a new provider. High-speed networks are connecting schools as a priority, with all schools to be connected by 2015, while a growing number of businesses and residential premises are also being served.

The RBI 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.

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

Key developments:

Wireless broadband, GPON, PON, regulatory issues, fibre rollouts progress, Local Fibre Companies and networks, market developments to November 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 New networks adding financial value to the economy
2.6 VDSL developments
2.7 Proposed new UFB services for 2014
2.8 Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI)
2.8.1 Funding and usage
2.8.2 Speeds will increase over time to rural users
2.8.3 Statistical overview of the RBI rollout
3. BuddeComm analysis
3.1 UFB developments and analysis
3.2 Overbuilding the networks overspends the investment dollar
3.3 Savings can pay for infrastructure
3.4 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 UFB rollout by premise type and users available 2013 - 2019
Exhibit 1 The 33 UFB candidature regions by UFB LFC deployment company
Exhibit 2 Brief overview of UFB deployment by area 2010 - 2013
Exhibit 3 Brief overview of RBI deployment 2011 - 2013
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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