Telstra-Saturn plans to roll out an IP-based network carrying voice, data and video, and offering up to 1Gbit/s speed. The network will be deployed in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch by June, “with national availability soon after”, says the company.
Telstra-Saturn has retained Ericsson as its prime contractor for the rollout, in a $50m contract.
The network plan is business-focussed, but may eventually be extended to residential service, says Telstra-Saturn spokesman Quentin Bright.
IP is notoriously patchy in its support of real-time services like voice, but Telstra-Saturn claims the network “has mechanisms to guarantee the quality of [such services]”.
Telstra-Saturn says Ericsson won the contract through “its local ability to manage a project of this size” as well as its technology and its range of international partnerships. Ericsson will include equipment from other manufacturers’– such as Juniper Networks, Unisphere Networks and Extreme Netsorks – in the network.