Nokia inks deal with Chorus for broadband solutions

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Nokia today announced its deal with Chorus to deploy its broadband access, IP routing and optical transport technology solutions in New Zealand’s ultra high speed broadband program.

The average broadband connection speed across the Chorus network increased to 27Mbps today from 10Mbps in 2012 – thanks to investment in the broadband network and consumer uptake of telecom services.

The adoption of streaming video-on-demand services is driving significant network traffic, with one in three New Zealanders now subscribing to unlimited data plans – an increase of 300 percent over the previous year.

Total New Zealand fiber connections grew by 135 percent in 2015 – 200,000 homes and businesses are now connected.

The average household used about 96 gigabytes of broadband data in January 2016 across Chorus’ copper and fiber networks, almost double vs. a year ago.

46 percent of consumer and business fiber connections are now on speeds of 100Mbps or more, up from 25 percent a year ago.

Average VDSL peak speeds on the Chorus copper network have increased from 35Mbps to over 50Mbps following network improvements.

Under the three year deal, Nokia will deploy a mix of fixed access solutions including fiber-based GPON FTTH and copper-based VDSL2 technology, along with new IP routing and optical carrier transport services to help create the network scale and capacity needed.

Nokia will also provide network operations support including managed services expertise to deliver high service quality for customers. The agreement builds on the five-year managed services cooperation announced last year.