New Zealand gets “Ultra Fast Broadband” just as the rest of the world gets faster

New Zealand’s “Ultra Fast Broadband” network is certainly an interesting one. The Ministry of Economic Development defines Ultra Fast Broadband as:

a fibre-to-the-premise broadband service providing downlink speeds of at least 100 Mbps and uplink speeds of at least 50 Mbps.

That’s great, and it’s much better than we have right now. However, I think it would be much better to move with the rest of the world now. We’ve missed one step in technology infrastructure. That’s horrible, but let’s skip this step. Right now, Google is working with communities in the US to provide downlink speeds of at least 1 Gbps. That’s ten times faster than what we’re going to be getting with the Government’s “Ultra Fast Broadband”.

I would like to have seen this sort of technology put in New Zealand. It would be great for New Zealand to be back on the edge of technology again. We definitely need to be. We’re so isolated geographically that we need to have technology in order to bring us closer to overseas markets. We were one of the first countries to implement broadband. Telecom then decided they would just sit on the old technology and use it’s monopoly to kill the market. That’s harmed New Zealand business.

So, let’s stop playing around and start getting technology that’s worthwhile.


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Posted on September 24, 2011, in New Zealand Politics and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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