Saturday, September 4, 2010

NZRFG to begin construction before christmas?

Lines and fibre company collective the NZRFG are preparing a Request for Information (RFI) surrounding their plans on a common service organization for UFB which they've pitched to the government. writes the NZRFG "remains intent on winning the ultra-fast broadband (UFB) and rural broadband initiatives (RBI) outright and wants to have construction underway before Christmas".

The collective would bring a fresh face to the New Zealand broadband game, with new systems and solutions in addition to the newly built infrastructure. Group CEO Vaughn Baker believes the key to the success of the initiative is to move now. "It's imperative we give ourselves a head start because with every delay, we miss out on something great, something revolutionary" says Baker.

Mr Baker also expressed his concerns that Telecom conditional participation will delay the process, saying "If other parties aren't ready to build a fibre network that we all agree is an urgent priority for our economic prosperity, then that really only leaves the members of the New Zealand Regional Fibre Group to do the job".

However the RFI is a bold move forward, with the government only due to make an announcement on their preferred partners several weeks from now.

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