Telecom NZ commits to VDSL2 roll-out

Telecom NZ commits to VDSL2 roll-out

Summary: Telecom New Zealand has announced that its wholesale division will be rolling out super-fast VDSL2 (Very High Speed Digital Subscriber Line 2) technology, allowing it to offer "one of the fastest broadband services in the world".

TOPICS: Broadband, Telcos, NBN

Telecom New Zealand has announced that its wholesale division will be rolling out super-fast VDSL2 (Very High Speed Digital Subscriber Line 2) technology, allowing it to offer "one of the fastest broadband services in the world".

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The carrier will be bringing the technology to its roadside cabinets, the equivalent of Australia's nodes, and local telephone exchanges. Telecom New Zealand is in the midst of rolling out 2,500 kilometres of fibre in a project which will allow over 80 per cent of New Zealanders to access high speed broadband by 2011.

The VDSL2 upgrade will enable "high-speed" broadband to be "higher-speed" broadband. New Zealanders within one kilometre of the cabinets and exchanges will be able to achieve up to 50Mbps downlink and up to 20Mbps up.

"We have been testing VDSL2 for several months now and we're excited to be getting the VDSL2 roll-out underway in key metropolitan centres across New Zealand," Telecom Wholesale chief executive Matt Crockett said in a statement. "With the fibre-to-the-node program hotting up and shortening copper loop lengths across the country, it's the perfect time to deploy VDSL2."

The carrier did not disclose how much would be spent on the roll-out.

From March, VDSL2 line cards will be installed into all cabinets and local telephone exchanges in towns and cities with more than 500 lines. The service providers buying from Telecom NZ wholesale will be able to offer the product from then, with key Auckland exchange areas serviced and available in the second quarter of the year and major cities and towns in the third quarter of the year.

For customers which live more than one kilometre from an exchange, the line cards operate in ADSL2+ mode.

In Australia, Eftel has also been rolling out a VDSL network.

Topics: Broadband, Telcos, NBN

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  • Telecom NZ commits to VDSL2 roll-out

    Worth you gents at ZDnet noting TransACT, an Australian Telco already provides VDSL and VDSL2 to a signficant number of customers across it's network, and has been in the VDSL.x business for some time now
  • Telecom NZ commits to VDSL2 roll-out

    This just makes Australian internet look like even more of a joke than it already is.
  • Embarassing

    This is exactly why Australia needs an NBN... we now lag even the Kiwi's !!!!
  • VDSL2?

    I wasn't aware that Transact had VDSL2 deployed, just VDSL ?

    iiNet has also begun trialing VDSL2 with customers (rather than just talking it up like Eftel)
  • that's not the whole story

    if you live in nz and have broadband then you know it sucks. i usually get about 2-3 mbits but lately it's only like 100-300 kbits.

    every time i read up on new broadband developments, nothing actually happens to actual dl speeds. it's all media hype
  • NBN

    To Anonymous 30/1/09.
    And are there really numbskulls who believe in the country to country comparisons and media hype releases. Always ready to accept that we in Australia are the worst off in the world. Next thing you will believe that Russia has far superior telecommunications because in very select areas of Moscow and the Kremlin have high speed services, the rest of Russia has bugger all. This is mostly the same case for all the other announcements eg NZ. Dont forget also that Australia has the tyranny of distance and a small population, unlike most other comparisons (with the exception of Russia).
    Some of us are so ready to condemn our own country and not compare apples to apples. eg london to Sydney CBD not london to a regional centre etc. Why am I so late in responding, well I have travelled some of the other "better" places like NZ and have been busy trying to get my communications through away from the Aucland CBD.