Ericsson to supply fibre to Auckland's North Shore

1Gbit/s network planned

Vector has chosen Ericsson to provide cables and services for its planned fast broadband network on Auckland’s North Shore.

The network, which is due to go live in July, is being funded via the Government’s Broadband Challenge programme to the tune of $4.6 million.

Ericsson’s expertise with air-blown fibre, in which optical fibres are blown by compressed air through small ducts, was a factor in it being awarded the contract, a Vector spoksperson says.

The network is expected to provide 45 schools, six libraries, other North Shore City Council facilities and some North Shore businesses with up to 1Gbit/s of bandwidth.

Vector already has fibre networks that run through old gas pipes in central Auckland and Wellington. The networks are run by Vector Communications, a division of Vector.

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