Telecom NZ to continue partnership with Alcatel
Telecom New Zealand and Alcatel are using a year-old strategic partnership to further develop Telecom’s IP network. The companies signed a five-year deal worth $US70.3 million to transfer more responsibility to Alcatel for maintaining and developing both the evolving all-IP and existing copper PSTN networks. Alcatel NZ managing director, Mark Giles, said Alcatel would benefit from the infusion of a wide set of skills as well as from working more closely with end users. Telecom will continue to market the products and services.
Western Power and Ericsson start fibre broadband project.
Ericsson has installed a network in South Perth, WA, that will provide broadband services to residential and small business customers using its public Ethernet based Fibre to the Home (FTTH) broadband systems and services. The network, managed by Western Power’s telco offshoot, Bright Telecommunications, has become operational and is carrying live traffic to customers. The network takes optical fibre all the way to users’ premises and delivers a dedicated 100Mbps Ethernet link to subscribers.
British Airways to follow Lufthansa
British Airways (BA) could follow in the footsteps of German airline, Lufthansa, following a positive response to its three-month trial of in-flight broadband. Like its German counterpart, BA decided to test high-speed onboard Internet before deciding whether to roll out the service across all its long-haul flights. The tests, which ran from February to April this year, saw business traffic down due to the war in Iraq, but BA said the feedback from customers was positive. It tested the broadband offering in three of its four long-haul cabins and admitted trials showed broadband availability could influence a passenger’s choice of airline. Lufthansa plans to start rolling out broadband services across its entire long-haul fleet next year.