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Now we have a broadband motorway, it's time to put the foot down


Communications Minister Clare Curran hopes to start searching for a national “chief technology officer” before Christmas to provide technology leadership for the country, and will be seeking an “action plan for every major industry”. When it comes to broadband, the Labour NZ First government has not been handed a mess, she says. The National government committed £2 billion of public funding to the ultrafast (UFB) and rural broadband initiatives after taking office in 2008.

SMEs only accounted for more than a third of total business profits in one year between 2002 and 2008 (in 2006), but they have missed that milestone in only one year since (in 2014).

Now, about 20 per cent of all Kiwi homes and businesses are connected to fibre-optic broadband, with the country passing the average uptake in the OECD at considerable speed last December. By 2022, 87 per cent of Kiwi homes and businesses should be within reach of gigabit fibre-optic broadband. Curran says “structurally, the UFB is very sound”, despite “digital inequality” and “hiccups” some people have experienced connecting to the network.

Now we have a broadband motorway, it's time to put the foot down

Cloud computing is ending the tyranny of distance for many NZ businesses.

* Vacancy: tech supremo to guide NZ into a new age
* Fibre-optic broadband roll-out passes milestone
* £500m Pacific internet cable arrives
* Extra £270m for rural broadband ‘more than Federated Farmers was expecting’[1][2][3][4]
New Zealand’s broadband infrastructure has certainly become the envy of Australia where the local boss of business computing giant VMware, Alister Dias, says poor speeds are “a water cooler discussion”. Australia shelved its plan to roll-out fibre-optic broadband to 90 per cent of homes in 2013.

Now we have a broadband motorway, it's time to put the foot downTOM PULLAR-STRECKER/STUFF

Communications Minister Clare Curran says the new government will be more “interventionist” when it comes to extracting benefits from the previous government’s investment in broadband infrastructure.

The administration led by Tony Abbott controversially decided there was no significant demand for broadband speeds above that which could be delivered by the latest copper technologies.

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Telecommunications Users Association chief executive Craig Young says New Zealand should be significantly ahead of Europe and the United States when the UFB scheme is completed in 2022, and behind only a few Asian countries such as Singapore and Hong Kong. “The latest discussion in the UK at network company Openreach is about how they might be able to fund fibre-to-the-home, so they are only at that point.

Now we have a broadband motorway, it's time to put the foot downTOM PULLAR-STRECKER/STUFF

VMware Australia and NZ chief executive Alister Dias (right) shows how far the IT industry has travelled by donning a VR headset to provision and fix a ‘virtual computer server’ in the cloud, during a technology demonstration in Sydney. “With the current administration in the US, I can’t see there being any public sector investment in a broadband network over there.”

IDC Research last month described New Zealand as “fast becoming a land of digital opportunities” in a report titled The Streets are Paved with Glass. “New Zealand has had the equivalent of a brand-new motorway network rolled out all over the country,” analyst Monica Collier said. “This creates opportunity for New Zealanders to start and run their business anywhere, even in remote towns.”

Now we have a broadband motorway, it's time to put the foot down

Hawaiki Cable’s 15,000 kilometres of fibre-optic cable had to wound by hand around six giant spools on two ships, as there is no machine to do it. Better connectivity was having a profound impact on the entertainment services Kiwis consume, such as internet television and music and online gaming, IDC found.

“In previous years we have seen New Zealand lag behind other countries in digital uptake,” research manager Shane Minogue said following an annual survey of internet usage in August. “This year’s results show that New Zealand is now in line with other countries and in many areas, is ahead of the pack.” Curran says where the new government will differ from the old, is that it will be more active in trying to capitalise on the infrastructure.

The approach of the previous government was “build it and they will come”, Curran says. “I believe there is a more constructive, enabling and sometimes interventionist role for government and that is where you will see differences. “This isn’t just looking at how we can encourage more software development or boost the gaming industry.

Those things are really important, but we need to look at every sector to see how they could lift productivity through technology.” Kiwis appear to have recognised the country’s relatively good fortune, with 64 per cent rating the quality of the country’s high-speed broadband as “very or fairly good” in an international survey released by French pollster Ispos last month. That compared to an approval rating of only 32 per cent in Australia, and 54 per cent across the 28 countries polled.

Some internet users feared they might not get the full benefit of UFB while the Southern Cross cable network, which is half-owned by Spark, held a near monopoly on internet traffic to and from the country. But the icing on the cake for New Zealand’s much-improved broadband story is the 15,000 kilometre Hawaiki Cable which is now being laid between Sydney, Northland and Oregon. The TE Subcom ship Responder began laying the western leg of the cable off the Sydney coast last week, after a six-year battle by French telecommunications entrepreneur Remi Galasso to raise the required £500 million in funding.

Hawaiki had planned to start laying the cable in the opposite direction, from Northland to Sydney, but revised its plan to avoid disturbing whales during their calving season and is now due to land the cable in New Zealand shortly before Christmas. Investor Malcolm Dick, best known as the co-founder of CallPlus, believes the cable will make a difference to consumers, saying “almost all” internet providers ration international connectivity. “I don’t know if they will see lower prices, but they will definitely get more capacity, faster speeds and more access to international websites.”

Galasso says the cable will be good for the IT industry and would hopefully attract more internet businesses and data centre operators into the country to take advantage of the country’s “green energy”. SYDNEY, CENTRE OF OUR WEB In the interim though, it may seem ironic that a growing number of Kiwi businesses are becoming increasingly reliant on cloud computing facilities in Sydney to run their operations.

Despite Australia’s poor broadband progress, the three big names in the “public cloud” computing industry – Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google GCP – have made Sydney their local base for their global network of massive cloud computing facilities. The cloud companies are in the business of persuading firms to ditch their server rooms and “IT guys” and instead rent computing power, storage and all manner of IT services on a pay-for-use model. By and large they appear to be winning that argument.

Analyst Gartner forecasts the public cloud services market will grow 18 per cent this year – about seven times faster than the overall IT market – to value US£246 billion. NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller doesn’t see businesses’ reliance on cloud computing facilities based overseas as a big threat to “NZ Inc”. “Yes, most of the large technology exporters are probably sitting on something like AWS and Azure and probably pumping most of it out of Sydney, but their businesses are well and truly rooted here,” he says.

Rather, the internationalisation of the IT industry that has resulted from cloud computing means Kiwi technology companies can supply customers anywhere in the world, he says. “Australia’s network connectivity is not that good compared to New Zealand, so going further into that market and setting up your business in Sydney would probably not make your services any faster.” SMALL FIRMS WINNING

Cloud computing was supposed to help small firms in particular by giving them online access to technologies that previously been the preserve of large companies that could afford to invest in their own facilities. Google Apps, Microsoft Office 365, accounting package Xero and customer relationship management system are all well-known examples of cloud software that businesses can log on to online to run their core functions. But there has also been an explosion in more specialised cloud-based software for different applications and industries, including open source software that comes without high licensing fees.

Figures compiled by Statistics NZ suggest the playing field between big and small businesses could indeed be levelling. Between 2002 and 2016 the proportion of company profits earned by businesses employing fewer than 50 staff has risen at a faster rate than profits earned by businesses employing 50 or more – trending up from about 30 per cent to 35 per cent of total profits. While there is no proof that is due to cloud computing, Xero chief executive Rod Drury is in no doubt it has been a factor.

Though not a disinterested party, Xero says its own research indicates small businesses using cloud software are growing their profits 30 per cent faster than those that don’t. DATA SOVEREIGNTY There are options for organisations that want to take advantage of the cloud but which are uncomfortable with the idea of seeing their data processed overseas.

Wellington firm Catalyst IT, which employs 250 staff and whose main specialisation is in open source software, has built a homegrown public cloud service. Chairman Mike O’Connor argues it is a “default position”, including in government, that moving data overseas is acceptable. But he believes that is often being driven by an assumption it is the only option available, which he says is “pretty disappointing”.

“To turn that into a positive, that presents an opportunity for us in our large investment in a New Zealand public cloud or ‘sovereign cloud’ with prices and services comparable to the big overseas multinationals,” he says. VMware’s Dias says the New Zealand government was very early to adopt a “cloud first policy” for the public sector. In February, the then-Cabinet declared cloud computing to be generally more cost-effective and secure than traditional models of organisations looking after their own infrastructure, though it acknowledged there were risks.

In keeping with that finding, the previous Government let agencies decide whether they should allow data to be processed overseas, he says – so long as they didn’t make a wrong decision that came back to bite them. Data-sovereignty concerns aside, we may be out of excuses for any big chip we may have had in the past about the country’s broadband connectivity. Galasso says New Zealand now has a “superb infrastructure”.

“UFB is a success. If you compare it with the rest of the world, New Zealand is clearly in an advanced state. The mobile access network has been well-developed by the three operators.

“We are pretty lucky.”

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Global – Broadband and FttP

[November 08, 2017]


8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Read the full report:[1] Most heavy broadband use on smartphones and tablets takes place in homes, offices, airports, schools, universities, internet cafes, etc, and in most of these situations the WiFi networks are used for this, not the mobile networks. And all of these WiFi modems are linked to the fixed network.

The increase of broadband access from tablets and smartphones will increase demand for fixed broadband access, and so the enormous appetite for mobile broadband will only increase the need for FttP networks.
Countries are viewing the developments in broadband infrastructure as a utility, similar to models used for gas, electricity and water, and such a model is the key to universally affordable broadband access. Treating the infrastructure separately from the services would bring telecoms investments more in line with that notion and therefore make investment in pure infrastructure models (such as FttP) more effective. In 2017 there are over 930 million fixed broadband subscribers worldwide and by the end 2021 it is expected there will be over 1 billion fixed broadband subscriber lines.
Asia continues to represent a massive presence in the global broadband market in terms of both fixed and mobile broadband services.

The region in fact makes a strong claim to be leading the world in the development of broadbnd internet. China is the global leader in terms of the number of fixed broadband subscribers, followed by the USA. South Korea offers the fastest average fixed broadband speeds worldwide.
Deployments based on Fibre-to-the-Premises will continue to gain momentum as some countries continue to develop National Broadband Networks (NBNs). In 2016, 151countries worldwide had NBN policies in place; a rise from 148 in 2015.

This report provides a valuable overview and analysis of the global broadband market, supported by key broadband statistics. The report identifies the leading broadband markets and provides important information surrounding global broadband subscribers, access technologies (including submarine cables), speeds and pricing. It includes analyses on the role of fibre technologies in the future and its role in supporting developments in the mobile industry.

Latest developments:
The demand for rich media and high-speed broadband services is going through the roof.
South Korea is considered to be a global broadband leader and in Q1 2017 offered the fastest average broadband speeds worldwide.
Singapore however offers the fastest peak broadband connections as of Q1 2017.
In terms of broadband access technologies FttX now accounts for the largest market share worldwide at the expense of DSL which is in decline.
Global broadband prices are declining in many markets around the world, making it more affordable and more obtainable to the greater population.
Submarine infrastructure continues to be developed for international communications as it can carry more data and provide faster connection speeds than the other alternative, satellites. It is estimated around 95% of international traffic is carried by undersea networks. Read the full report:[2]

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Switzerland – Fixed Broadband Market


8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Switzerland has Europe’s highest broadband penetration rate by a comfortable margin.

The country benefits from universal DSL infrastructure and an expansive cable broadband network, with effective cross-platform competition.

The DSL sector, dominated by Swisscom, has about two-thirds of the market by subscribers. UPC Switzerland also offers cable broadband in most cities and towns, and its extension of 500Mb/s services has helped spur Swisscom to intensify its VDSL, and FttP network rollouts in a bid to remain competitive. Smaller cablecos such as Quicklime have launched services based on the DOCSIS3.1 standard, while UPC Switzerland has also invested in the technology.

Read the full report:[1] Swisscom has set aside for fibre networks a significant proportion of its planned infrastructure investment over the coming years, and its program has been facilitated by cooperative deals struck with regional utility companies. Separately, the Federal Council in September 2017 passed a draft revision of the Telecommunications Act, aimed at addressing consumer concerns, and promoting competition and deregulation.

There has been a focus on ultra-fast’ broadband, defined as a service of at least 100Mb/s. To this end the government is promoting technologies based on fibre, LTE, DOCSIS3.1 and 5G. By 2020 fixed-line networks are expected to deliver at least 100Mb/s to 85% of the population, while services based on 5G should be available from Swisscom Mobile.

This report presents an analysis of Switzerland’s broadband market, including profiles of the main players in the DSL, cable, fibre and wireless sectors. It details technological developments, provides broadband forecasts, and examines regulatory issues related to municipal fibre, local loop unbundling, and the provision of broadband as a universal service. Key developments:
Swisscom to concentrate on G-fast to deliver fast broadband to 2020; key telcos call for revision of draft amendments to the Telecommunications Act; regulator measures eliminate FttP network duplication, increases minimum internet speed on Swisscom’s USO; Swisscom signs its twelfth FttP network construction sharing contract, launches 1Gb/s service; UPC extends footprint reach with third-party network agreements; Laussane connected with FttP; Swisscom contracts Huawei for FttS network upgrade; report update includes the regulator’s market data for 2016, telcos’ operating and financial data to Q2 2017, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:
Swisscom, Sunrise, Cybernet, UPC Switzerland. Read the full report:[2] About Reportlinker
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