Ericsson selected by Northpower to offer GPON broadband connectivity

Ericsson New Zealand has signed an agreement with
Northpower to supply the Gigabit Passive Optical Networking (GPON) technology
component to the Northpower Fibre Ultra-Fast Broadband network in Whangarei.

The Northpower Fibre network will be one of the first,
commercially available, GPON-enabled, active networks developed under the
Government’s UFB initiative.

The New Zealand Government is keen to deliver a
nationwide UFB network to three-quarters of the population by 2019.

Northpower is the overall contractor to Northpower Fibre
and is responsible for delivering this Ultra-Fast Broadband network design and
build in Whangarei,” said Northpower General Manager Network Graham Dawson.

We chose to work with Ericsson based on its lengthy and
successful New Zealand experience and its strong global reputation. We were
impressed with the performance of Ericsson staff and technology during the
laboratory testing phase of the contract process and this added further weight
to our final choice,” Dawson added.

GPON enables data transmission at extremely fast
broadband speeds, which can then support a wide range of data rich applications
and services. This could be healthcare and education services through
interactive TV, real time business communications through video and other data
rich professional services.

Ericsson has operated in New Zealand for over 100 years. This deep history
combined with our global market position, means a proven, trusted, safe and
innovative ally when it comes to understanding and delivering new services to
the New Zealand marketplace,” Ericsson
Country Manager Alfred Ling said.

Ericsson’s GPON solution will enable Northpower Fibre to
build a network, along with other components, that is able to deliver data many
times faster than the initial starting speeds. The network will be deployed to
deliver the UFB-defined initial speeds of 100mbps (downstream) and 50Mbps
(upstream) to end users.

Ericsson has substantial experience completing large GPON
and fibre projects around the world in regions including North America, China,
Brazil, India, the Middle East, North America and Sweden.

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