New Zealand-based wholesale fixed line provider Chorus has completed the build and commissioning of two new core Ethernet switches in Auckland as part of the NZD50 million (USD32.7 million) of network investment delivered in the last financial year to increase capacity. The company says the new Nokia 7750 SR 14 multi-terabit core switches will help broadband retailers stay ahead of significant traffic growth, and ensure the country’s networks can weather unexpected crises such as COVID-19. The new routers immediately serve to increase core capacity in Auckland by more than 200%, with 240 100Gbps ports available. Further increases in capacity will follow with new faster 400Gbps and 1Tbps interfaces.
‘As a wholesale provider, it’s our job to build for the future rather than solely adding capacity for today’, said Ewen Powell, Chorus’ Chief Technology Officer, who highlighted the company is also investing heavily in its access network. Chorus is currently deploying electronics to enable deployment of its Hyperfibre service offering symmetric broadband speeds up to 4Gbps, which is due to be available across its Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB1) footprint before the end of the year.