TelstraClear: national fibre rollout plans flawed

2 Sep 2008

New Zealand alternative operator TelstraClear has spoken out against the opposition National Party’s NZD1.5 billion (USD1.2 billion) plan to deploy a fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network to bring broadband services to every household and business. The National Party announced in April that it if it wins general elections later this year it will use public money to expand broadband networks nationwide. The deployment would be worth at least NZD2.7 billion annually in increased productivity, the Party says. TelstraClear disagrees, saying the proposal does not take account of demand. The telco’s CEO Allan Freeth is quoted by the NZ Herald as saying that the government should focus on providing improved connections for business users rather than private consumers. He says that improved residential networks would be used for downloading movies and pornography and would not contribute to national productivity. Other firms such as Vodafone say that the plan should incorporate other technologies such as wireless rather than focussing on fibre.

New Zealand, TelstraClear