Telecom Wholesale remains vague on launch date for VDSL2

Faster copper service will be available 'soon'

Chorus has announced it is on track to complete its roll out of 3,600 roadside cabinets, all of which are VDSL2 enabled, but Telecom Wholesale is still unable to confirm when it will launch a commercial service.

The service, which provides a faster broadband service over the copper lines than ADSL2+, was originally set to launch on August 30 last year. In September Computerworld reported a Telecom Wholesale spokesperson saying that the launch may be pushed out until January.

Telecom Wholesale had originally wanted to offer its customers a “clothed” service (that is a connection with a voice service) but later said that ISPs could purchase a “naked” (data only) service. In December the Commerce Commission announced it would not be regulating the VDSL2 service.

Telecom Wholesale communications manager Georgina McKinnon says VDSL2 remains in the soft launch phase, until the following criteria are satisfied.

  • 70-100 connections
  • 90 percent of connections performing within the product specification
  • All systems and processes established

McKinnon says VDSL2 will be launched “soon”. When asked to define that she replied “in the next few months.” She says that the “UFB stuff” had put everything “on hold to a degree”

So has UFB held up the launch? “There’s just been a different focus within the business,” she says.

Target speeds for the VDSL2 service are 40Mbit/s down and 8 to 10Mbit/s upstream speed. To qualify for the service, customers have to be located within 700 metres of a roadside cabinet or telephone exchange.

Prospective customers can find out if they are able to get the service by inputing their address into a mapping tool on the Telecom Wholesale site – this will also show when a cabinet is due to be installed in their area.

Chorus issued a press release this week claiming it was on track to “completing the roll out of 2,500 km of fibre optic cables and 3,600 roadside cabintes to rev up broadband speeds to at least 10Mbit/s for more than 80 percent of New Zealanders”.

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