Ultrafast Fibre signs UFB NZ deal with Huawei

High speed internet, telephony and IPTV to be available to some North Island residents

New Zealand residents living in the Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Taranaki and Wanganui regions will have access to the Ultra Fast Broadband (UFB) network by 2012 following a deal between Ultrafast Fibre and Huawei NZ.

The company will deploy Huawei’s fibre to the home access network technology, which includes layer one optical distribution network (iODN) and open access layer two network offerings, to cities and towns including Hamilton, Tauranga, Wanganui, Te Awamutu and Cambridge.

Ultrafast Fibre chief executive, Dr Julian Elder, said in a statement that it chose the vendor due to its “proven track record” in deploying national broadband fibre networks around the world.

“Residential and business customers can subscribe to different retail service providers and will have optical network termination units in the premises connected to the UFB network offering services such as high-speed internet, telephony and IPTV,” he said.

Ultrafast’s access network will be aggregated by a CX600 400G enhanced ethernet switching system and managed end to end with Huawei’s unified network management system.

According to Elder, the network it was offering could be upgraded to high speed 10G passive optical network (PON) technology in the future.

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