Chorus, the network infrastructure arm of Telecom New Zealand, has revealed that it will launch a wholesale VDSL-based product from 7 June. The platform is thought to be an interim solution while the company’s fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) network is rolled out in areas covered by New Zealand’s Ultra Fast Broadband (UFB) programme. Chorus is also expected to offer VDSL technology in areas where fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) infrastructure has been deployed as part of the Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI).
Victoria Crone, general manager of sales and marketing for Chorus, commented: ‘In some areas fibre will not be available until 2019, so in those regions Chorus VDSL provides an important interim step … VDSL technology also has significant potential in rural areas, and is a natural complement to the Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI), because about 55% of the 400,000 premises outside of UFB areas will be within reach of Chorus VDSL at the end of the RBI rollout’.
Chorus will offer VDSL in all regions until mid-2015, and stop selling it progressively as the fibre rollout is completed in areas where Chorus was selected for UFB. Chorus says that it currently has around 3,000 end-users connected to VDSL technology.