Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei has signed a deal with with network infrastructure company Chorus to supply coarse wavelength division multiplexing (CWDM) equipment, a technology that increases the data capacity of existing rural fibre optic cables.
Chorus general manager of network build Chris Dyhrberg said the supply agreement will help Chorus deliver its Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI) commitments.
“Huawei’s CWDM will help us reliably increase the capacity on our existing network, without the need to deploy additional fibre cables,” he said.
“Proven technologies such as these will help the Crown’s RBI investment go further, extending the reach of world-class broadband beyond the agreed targets,” said Dyhrberg.
Huawei CEO, Arthur Zhang, says the contract represents "another huge step forward" for Huawei in New Zealand.
"We are committed to helping provide the entire country with access to better internet connectivity, and working with leading operators like Chorus helps us to achieve this,” said Zhang.
The Huawei equipment is based on the OptiX OSN 1800 compact Multi-Service edge optical transport platform, which could be implemented in a range of back haul applications.