BCL IP upgrade almost complete

Ericsson has almost finished the IP upgrade to BCL's wireless network and services will be offered to BCL customers from January.

Ericsson has almost finished the IP upgrade to BCL's wireless network and services will be offered to BCL customers from January.

BCL awarded the $5 million contract to the Swedish telco equipment manufacturer in August. The work will extend BCL's network capability as it moves into the telecommunications wholesale market. Ericsson has long been a provider of digital microwave radio equipment to BCL.

Murray Goodman, senior product manager at BCL, says the IP network services will be offered first to existing customers in a soft launch.

"The core will be finished by mid-December but then it's Christmas ... so we'll launch it in January."

BCL is working with Telecom in bids for the government's regional broadband roll out, Project Probe. BCL will provide access in areas where Telecom's fixed line network does not reach.

However, BCL is also working with other telcos on Project Probe bids, Goodman declined to name the other parties.

"We call them retail service providers [RSPs]. Essentially we will be supplying service on a wholesale basis so we work with a number of RSPs like CallPlus, WorldxChange, Telecom and TelstraClear."

The government has announced it has "tens of millions of dollars" to spend on a broadband roll-out throughout regional New Zealand.

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