Christchurch health board switches from Telecom to Enable

Possibility of South Island wide fibre collective to connect healthcare sites

Following its success in making it to the next round in negotiations to participate in the government’s Ultra Fast Broadband network, Enable Networks has announced a deal with the Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB).

Enable will provide fibre connections (that is layer one services) to the health board’s 20 Christchurch locations. Previously Telecom provided the connectivity.

Health board CIO Chris Dever says the move to Enable’s city wide fibre network will lift minimum connectivity speeds from 100Mbps to 1Gbps, and in some cases 10Gbps.

Mr Dever says by April, CDHB will have moved all significant inter-facility links to Enable’s network and will be utilising a double fibre loop to provide network reliability (or redundancy), allowing data to be transported in alternate directions in case of network interference.

“From there I see potential for utilising fibre networks to interconnect all the various health entities in and around Christchurch and even further afield across the South Island,” says Mr Dever.

Such a move could involve Enable’s fellow members of the New Zealand Regional Fibre Group, creating the possibility of South Island wide fibre connectivity for leading healthcare providers.

Enable CEO Steve Fuller says that work is being done “in parallel” with the UFB among providers such as Network Tasman, Flute Networks, Alpine Energy and Enable to connect health care providers throughout the South Island.

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