Ultra Fast Communications

Home  /  Ultra Fast Communications


UFB (Ultra Fast Broadband)

The Ultra-fast broadband initiative is a government programme to expand and develop New Zealand’s broadband service…


Ultra -Fast Broadband(UFB)is defined as a fibre-to-the-premises broadband service that provides downlink speeds of up to 100 Mbps(mega bits per second)and uplink speeds of up to 50 Mbps. By way of comparision, the average speed measure by web services firm Akamai in 2011 in New-Zealand was 3.5 Mbps.

What is Ultra-Fast Broadband

The Ultra -fast Broadband initiative is a government programme to expand and develop New Zealand’s broadband service. The government is contributing $1.35 billion to the initiative with significant amounts of private co-investment also being contributed by the government’s Ultra-fast Broadband partners.

Schools ,hospitals and 90 percent of urban businesses will be connected by 2015.Urban homes and the remaining 10 percent of businesses will be connected by 2019.

UFB usage and applications

What can UFB be used for?UltraFast-2

A:  A range of new applications and services may be enabled as a result of UFB, including:

Video conferencing
Ip TV and new advances TV services such as 3D and high definition services.
Wide area network, allowing multiple offices to easily store, access and share large amounts of information.
Cloud computing applications for game-playing, office applications, online backup, files syncing and so forth
Tele-health applications.
Education applications.
Remote working/working from home

(Excerpted largely from Crown Fibre Holdings)

Q: What is the Ultra Fast Broadband project?

A: The Government’s objective is to accelerate the roll-out of Ultra-Fast Broadband
to 75 percent of New Zealanders by 2019, concentrating in the period to end of the 2015 on priority users (businesses, schools and health services), plus greenfields developments and certain branches of residential areas. The project is building what is known as a Fibre To The Premise network. The Government’s investment is in partnership with the private sector, and is directed at open-access infrastructure (open to any service providers).

Q: What are the priorities in deploying Ultra Fast Broadband?

A: Government policy is to prioritise the UFB build to ensure that designated priority users including schools, health facilities and businesses are reached by the end of 2015. During this time the UFB rollout to residential areas including greenfields sites will also get underway, and it is expected this will be concluded by the end of 2019. Some towns and cities will be finished well in advance of this date.

Q: What determines who will receive UFB services first?

A: The framework for prioritisation includes:
clusters of schools, health premises and businesses in the initial period, areas of high UltraFast-3demand areas of high density build on from existing networks transferring into the UFB scheme (Chorus in Auckland, Wellington etc.; Enable in Christchurch) due consideration to major events, working with local works underway, etc. likely costs of deployment (determined by geology & topography, local planning rules etc.)

The contracts covering Whangarei and the central North Island (Hamilton, Tauranga etc.) were signed approximately 6 months before those covering the rest of the country, so it is to be expected roll out will be a little ahead in these areas.

Q: UFB policy is to offer services of at least 100/50Mbps (100 Megabits per second Downstream, 50 Megabits per second Upstream). Why in that case are there 30/10Mbps plans?

A: The 30/10 plan is an entry level product which provides higher bandwidth speeds (and a much better Committed Information Rate) than current ADSL2+ copper broadband products used by most New Zealanders. A 100/50 Mbps product is available to all UFB customers and will also be reasonably priced .

Q: How are the Government and its partners working together to deliver UFB?

A: The Government has 4 contracts in place to deliver UFB, with the following parties: Northpower (for Whangarei); WEL Networks through its subsidiary Waikato Networks Limited (Hamilton, Tauranga, Whanganui, New Plymouth, Tokoroa, Hawera, Cambridge, Te Awamutu); Enable Networks (Christchurch, Rangiora including satellite areas such as Rolleston, Kaiapoi etc.); and Chorus, formerly the network arm of Telecom Corporation of New Zealand (covering Auckland (including parts of Waiheke Island, Waiuku and Pukekohe), Rotorua, Taupo, Whakatane, Gisborne, Masterton, Napier-Hastings, Palmerston North, Feilding, Kapiti, Levin, Wellington, Nelson, Blenheim, Ashburton, Dunedin, Timaru, Greymouth, Queenstown, Invercargill).

The first three contracts create “Local Fibre Companies”, which are joint venture companies between CFH (on behalf of the Government) and the partners listed above.

As part of the Telecom contract, Telecom was required to separate into two companies, one called Chorus which owns the local UFB and copper network infrastructure, and another known as Telecom Retail which owns the mobile network XT and Telecom’s relationships with residential and business customers.

In late 2011, Telecom’s shareholders approved the split not the company into two entirely separate entitites: Chorus, which is partnering with CFH for the UFB project, and Telecom Retail which is competing in the mobile and retail marketsmarkets.

Q: What is “open access”?

A: Open access is a key principle underlying the government’s UFB initiative. It is critical that the networks built provide the highest levels of inter-operability with other networks and are future proofed. Local Fibre Companies (LFCs) will be required to deal with the market in a fair and equitable manner, providing for equality of access and allowing end users to switch easily between providers. These principles also require strict separation between the fibre network operators (Local Fibre Companies and Chorus) and the Retail Service Providers (RSPs) who provide services to end users such as consumers and businesses.

Q: What is a Local Fibre Company?

A: An LFC is a joint venture between Crown Fibre Holdings on behalf of the Government and a private company to deploy, own and operate a fibre-to-the-premise network in one or more parts of New Zealand under the UFB initiative. LFCs sell point to point Layer 1 Services (known as “dark fibre” as they need to be “lit” by another company in order to transfer data), and Layer 2 Services (known as “lit fibre” as the electronics needed to transfer data are already in place).

Session Initiation Protocol


SIP Trunk

For businesses wanting to make full use of their installed IP-PBXs and not only communicate over IP within the business, but also outside the enterprise a SIP trunk provided by an Internet Telephony Service Provider to connect to the traditional PSTN network is the solution. Unlike in traditional telephony, where bundles of physical wires were once delivered from the service provider to a business, a SIP trunk allows a company to replace these traditional fixed PSTN lines with PSTN connectivity via a SIP trunking service provider on the Internet.

There are three components necessary to successfully deploy SIP trunks: a PBX with a SIP-enabled trunk side, an enterprise edge device understanding SIP and an Internet telephony or SIP trunking service provider.


Just Some Of Our Cloud Voice Platform Features…

  • Voicemail
  • IVR (i.e. Press 1 for sales, Press 2 for support)
  • Voicemail to email
  • Ring Groups
  • Transfer (Internal and External)
  • IP Softphone support
  • Music on hold
  • Call Pickup
  • Call Forwarding (Forward on busy, no answer, immediate)
  • Caller ID
  • Conference Call
  • Fax to email
  • Time of day call routing
  • Plus many more features