Thursday, November 13, 2008

FTTH is coming to New Zealand

Good times are coming to New Zealand. The National Party won last weekend's elections, so now the NZD 1.5bn plan to bring FTTH to 75% within 6 years is becoming a reality. The government will help to put together PPPs (public/private partnerships) to build an open access multi-layered network, in order to have maximum competition and "avoid excessive duplication of infrastructure". The government will launch a tender and Telecom NZ will participate.
To quote National's spokesman (and possibly the new Minister of ICT in John Key's cabinet) Maurice Williamson:
"... the government builds a road and everyone has the right to drive on it. Fibre optic is the road system of the 21st century".