Telstra Saturn plans to roll out in New Zealand a network based on IP (Internet Protocol) carrying voice, data and video, and offering speeds as high as 1Gbps. The network will be deployed in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch by June, "with national availability soon after," says the company.
Telstra Saturn has retained LM Ericsson Telephone as its prime contractor for the rollout, in a $NZ50 million contract.
The network plan is business-focused but may eventually be extended to residential service, says Telstra Saturn spokesman Quentin Bright.
IP is notoriously patchy in its support of real-time services such as voice, but Telstra Saturn claims the network "has mechanisms to guarantee the quality of [such services]".
Telstra Saturn says Ericsson won the contract through "its local ability to manage a project of this size" as well as its technology and its range of international partnerships. Ericsson will include equipment from other manufacturers - such as Juniper Networks, Unisphere Networks and Extreme Networks - in the network.