Telecom Wholesale and WorldxChange launched their first Fibre-to-the-Home service at Kensington Park – an upmarket master-planned community in Orewa - this week.

For only NZ$99 a month residents can enjoy high definition voice and broadband that delivers speeds up to 30Mbps. WorldxChange CEO Cecil Alexander stressed that "although it’s a 30Mbps connection it really depends on the backhaul capability as to what speed users will actually receive".

Speaking at the launch, Telecom Wholesale CEO Matt Crockett said "it was the fastest [residential] connection speed in the country" and "this [estate] will become an open access fibre connection". Telecom will wholesale the fibre access to multiple retail operators as a layer 2 service in a similar way to their existing UBA copper product. Commencing next year, a residential 100Mbit/s symmetrical service will be available to all retail service providers.

This is the fastest residential Internet connection in New Zealand, exceeding the 10Mbit/s FTTH service offered by TelstraClear in PegasusTown new Christchurch.

WorldxChange director Paul Clarkin performed a live demonstration showing how the new high speed product could deliver video security. Another WorldxChange employee walked around the room speaking on a video phone with a colleague at his office.

Kensington Properties owner Patrick Fontein - the developer of the estate - had been very careful not to promote the fibre network too much because they weren’t 100% sure what it could deliver until now. I met Patrick back in 2004 and demonstrated FTTH and what it could do for residential communities at Bright Telecom in Perth.


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