Kapi-Mana News : March 20th 2012
41 KAPI-MANA NEWS, MARCH 20, 2012 NEWS 3646611AB Schools in line for fast internet By KAROLINE TUCKEY WIRED FOR SPEED Local schools included for UFB rollout in 2012-2013: Adventure School Bishop Viard College Corinna School Glenview School Hampton Hill School He Huarahi Tamariki Linden School Mahinawa Specialist School and Resource Centre Paremata School Plimmerton School Porirua College Rangikura School Redwood School Russell School Tawa College Titahi Bay Intermediate Titahi Bay North School Titahi Bay School Windley School Nineteen Porirua and Tawa schools will be among the 693 to be included in the next round of ultra- fast broadband rollouts. The second stage of work to widen the fibre network is scheduled to begin on July 1 and be completed by the end of June 2013. The project, administered by the Government's Crown Fibre Holdings, aims to connect about 75 per cent of the country's urban areas by 2020. Education Minister Hekia Parata says UFB will allow a transformation in teaching. By the end of 2015, 97.7 per cent of schools and 99.9 per cent of students will receive UFB enabling speeds of 100 megabits per second.'' In the Wellington region the fibre net- work is being instal- led and managed by ex-Telecom subsidi- ary Chorus, one of the companies work- ing on the initiative nationally. The latest announce- ment includes six towns that are new to the project, as well as more plans for places where the project was begun last year. Chorus chief executive Mark Ratcliffe says the project is gaining momentum and the company has 29,999km of cable reaching more than 830,000 properties. Each week, our team lays a further 50 km of new fibre optic cable past homes, schools, major health facilities and businesses,'' he says. The company plans to release further forecasts for upcoming areas to be connected to give stakeholders a view of our forecast plans so that they can make informed decisions about product development, provide input on likely demand areas and co-ordinate local works'', he says. Get wired for ultrafast broadband Without the right home wiring the new ultrafast broadband network may still be out of reach, even in the areas where it is being installed. Installation of ultrafast broadband (UFB) began in August last year, cour- tesy of the Chorus network. The ex- Telecom subsidiary is one of a number of utilities companies working under the government's UFB initiative to cover about 75 per cent of the country's urban areas by 2020. However, to make use of UFB, homes and businesses must have wiring, hard- ware, computer networks and internet services that are up to the high-speed specifications, Chorus spokesman Robin Kelly says. A customer's broadband service is also affected by factors including their broadband plan, modem, computer, and the wiring in their home or business.'' Mr Kelly says buildings will need to be fitted with Cat5e copper network cable, or a higher standard, and wiring needs to be laid out in a star'' layout from a cen- tral point to other rooms. Most homes use the old copper wire telephone network to connect to the inter- net, which is fine for dial-up and broadband internet speeds, but does not have the capacity to carry UFB. Cables that can carry UFB have been widely available for at least the past 10 years, Mr Kelly says, and most business premises have them in place. But unless a home has been built during that time, or renovations have included UFB cables, it is unlikely domestic users will have the right cables. As part of our contract with the gov- ernment we'll run fibre-optic cables from the boundary of their property to the side of their house and into the ONT, optical network terminal, which we provide, which interfaces with the fibre and then the service provider's modem.'' Those planning new homes or renovat- ing should look into installing high-speed internet cables in their houses, he says. Right now, with broadband, you can stream high-definition TV and do basic videoconferencing, but what we are doing through fibre to homes is putting in fibre- optic cables so you can take that next step up, but it's up to the homeowner what they put in place to use that.''
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