Telecom Wholesale is expanding its VDSL, superfast DSL broadband services around the country ahead of the government's planned $1.5 billion investment in fibre infrastructure.
From 1 October, ISPs serving Christchurch, Fendalton, Ricccarton, Nelson, Wellington Central, Courtenay Place, Palmerston North, Devonport, Ellerslie and Howick will be able to offer this super–fast broadband service, the company announced today.
Telecom's role in the government fibre project remains uncertain, but its incumbency on existing copper infrastructure and ability to boost speed on that infrastructure has been seen as one potential threat to widespread adoption of fibre to the home.
The new areas join the Auckland suburbs of Browns Bay, Ponsonby, Glenfield, Remuera, Mt Eden as well as central Auckland.
VDSL2 is the most advanced standard of super–fast broadband over copper.
“We’ve had fantastic results from our piloted VDSL2 service with some customers seeing broadband speeds up to 40Mbit/s downstream and 16Mbit/s upstream in their homes.” says Telecom Wholesale CEO Matt Crockett.
IDC analyst Rosalie Nelson says its difficult to say whether the move is something that has been stimulated by the government's fibre investment plans or something that has been in planning for some time.
"It would suggest to me they have been considering it for some time given the government is talking about a ten-year plan," she says.
Nelson says the rollout could have more to do with the way the broadband market is evolving now, with cabinetisation progressing and TelstraClear about to emerge as an unbundling supplier.
She says it's could be part of a wider positioning given TelstraClear's aggressiveness in the business market, to which VDSL will appeal.
Crockett says the new service complements Telecom Wholesale's existing ADSL2+ technology and is "an important part of Telecom’s multi–billion dollar investment strategy to deliver world–class broadband services to New Zealanders".