Ericsson wins Chorus UFB contract

Air-blown fibre-optic cable deal 'not exclusive'

Chorus has contracted Ericsson to supply air-blown fibre-optic cable for its part of the ultra-fast broadband rollout.

The first deployment will be some time this month, Chorus spokesperson Melanie Marshall says.

“Ericsson will provide the bulk of the fibre, though there may be some specialist needs in some areas, which could need a different type of fibre,” Marshall says. “The deal is not exclusive.”

She says Crown Fibre Holdings was involved in the discussions with Ericsson, which will supply components of its Ribbonet ABF system, which includes fibre cables, microduct, tools and related accessories.

Ericsson New Zealand head Alfred Ling says air-blown fibre is an extremely efficient system to install, allowing for incremental expansion without additional significant civil works. “It cuts down deployment time when compared with traditional fibre installation methods,” he says.

“The fibre provided to Chorus can carry more data-demanding and latency sensitive applications such as healthcare and education delivery through interactive TV, real-time business communications through video, and other data-rich professional services.”

Ericsson says in a statement that its optical fibre has the ability to donduct data at speeds of at least 100Mbps downstream and 50Mbps upstream.

The company has won the business ahead of Huawei and Alcatel-Lucent.

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