InternetNZ announces fibre broadband conference in July

One-day event to focus on technical aspects of government-backed fibre rollouts

InternetNZ has announced it will run a one-day conference in July on New Zealand’s fibre future.

The Internet Technical Architecture Conference (InTAC), will be held on July 10 at SkyCity in Auckland. Attendance will cost $60 and the first confirmed sponsor is the Ministry of Economic Development.

A media release announcing the conference says it will focus on the technical aspects of fibre broadband rollouts, with a list of topics to be finalised “in consultation with participants”. Invitations have been sent to Local Fibre Companies, Chorus, retail service providers, telcos, content providers, technologists, and government.

The event will be held a day before NetHui 2012, a separate conference on July 11-13 which is also being organised by InternetNZ at SkyCity. At the inaugural NetHui last year it was noted by InternetNZ councillor Lance Wiggs that there was a lack of participation by the main carriers.

“They were absent at NetHui, and much that is discussed relies on them continuing to ramp up their provision of high speed internet with caps, if any that are very high. It would have been great to hear from them, to understand their concerns (loss of telephony revenue for example) and to see them immersed in some of the key messages from the other stakeholders,” Wiggs wrote in a post on his blog.

Meanwhile, an international keynote speaker for inTAC has been booked. He is Lev Gonick, the chief information officer of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, US. Case Western funded a trial initiative to build out 1Gbps FTTH in the eastern suburbs of Cleveland, and Gonick is actively involved with the "Gig U” project – a group of North American research universities working toward accelerating the offering of ultra high-speed network services to their communities, the media release says.

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