Urban and suburban residential areas will get access to Ultra-Fast Broadband through a staged roll-out to 2019, with new developments in greenfields areas a high priority.
Many New Zealanders would like to enjoy higher broadband speeds from the comfort of their own home. At the moment, most people access the Internet using legacy copper networks, purchasing a “DSL” (Digital Subscriber Line) service which constrains speeds over 20Mbps. Optic fibre-based services are capable of delivering the rapid speeds which many new applications increasingly require. These services allow transmission over longer distances and at higher bandwidths (data speeds) than other forms of communications.
CFH has a mandate to provide at least 75 per cent of New Zealanders with access by 2019 to Internet services at speeds of at least 100 Mbps (Downstream) and 50 Mbps (Upstream), much faster than the average service in place today. Fibre is also capable of being upgraded easily to speeds of 1 Gigabits per second and beyond, without the need for further expensive street openings or disruption to the community.
A range of new applications and services may be enabled in the home as a result of Ultra-Fast Broadband, including:
- high definition video conferencing (home-to-home);
- IPTV (video on demand, “catch up” and broadcast), as well as new advanced TV services such as 3D, Quad & Ultra High Definition;
- online gaming, especially massive multiplayer games, against numerous competitors around the world;
- home Wide Area Network, allowing multiple homes (for example across an extended family) to easily store, access and share large amounts of information such as video or photos;
- Cloud computing applications for game-playing, office applications, online backup, file syncing and so forth;
- tele-health applications in the home; and
- education applications in the home.
Remote working solutions allowing employees to work from home will also be significantly enhanced by Ultra-Fast Broadband, delivering a tangible productivity improvement across New Zealand. Of 7000 Broadband consumers surveyed across 6 countries by Ericsson, 50% stated that working from home increased their productivity. (Source: Ericsson Consumer Lab, High speed broadband usage, drivers and barriers study 2009.)
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