In a one-off project, Telecom is offering its JetStream fast internet service over fibre-optic cable to a small group of customers in an upscale new suburb on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula.
The telecommunications services for Gulf Harbour, a recent subdivision north of Auckland, are provided over fibre. JetStream is a DSL-based service usually only available over traditional copper lines.
Until two weeks ago Gulf Harbour resident Alistair Chater used a 56kbit/s dial-up connection, but since Telecom deployed DSL in a fibre-fed cabinet in the area he has been getting average download speeds of 6Mbit/s and uploads of around 700kbit/s.
Telecom general manager for network investment Rhoda Holmes says the installation was in response to a specific project -- with the result that other customers connected with the cabinet are able to get access to DSL.
“Deployment is done on a very restricted basis if we are satisfied that there is sufficient demand for the service.”
In the meantime, Telecom, as part of its new partnership with Alcatel, is working to identify a more commercially DSL viable model for fibre-fed cabinets.
“Good progress is being made. However, it is likely to be towards the end of year before we able to make an announcement on this issue,” says Holmes.
Chater, who operates worldwide sales and support for Helplink, a locally developed web-based helpdesk application, says the new high-speed internet connection has helped lift Helplink’s service offering to world-class levels.