Sckipio Says Oceania Should Look at for Broadband
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Lessons from Oceania: is Worth a Look


Lessons from Oceania: is Worth a Look

In recent weeks, The Register and TelcoReview chronicled Australia’s and New Zealand’s quest for new technologies they’ll use in building their respective National Broadband Networks (NBN).


For its part, New Zealand is turning to to augment its national ultra broadband projects. That’s both exciting and interesting because just months ago was not even a remote possibility as government demanded widespread adoption of fiber to the home (FTTH). Today, after many problems with its FTTH plans, Australia wants less expensive options for its National Broadband Network (NBN).   Australia’s Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull is seriously considering to achieve the required 100 Mbps broadband speed for Australians nationwide.

Why now?

  • FTTH simply is not a feasible option to deploy ultra broadband to all New Zealand and Australia residents cost effectively.
  • utilizes the twisted copper pairs found in existing phone lines and can deliver speeds up to 1 Gbps; it can be deployed in half the time it takes to lay fiber. Moreover, it’s less costly and less disruptive than laying fiber as it does not require egress into the user’s home.
  • New backhaul technology from Siklu and Sckipio are making viable for multi-dwelling units in urban areas – which has been a major sticking point for FTTH.
  • was already ratified by the ITU, and there are field deployments in the works for 2015 and ready commercial deployment at the end of 2015.
  • In their campaign promises, elected officials in both New Zealand and Australia promised high-speed broadband. Now is the time to deliver on these promises and FTTH can’t be deployed quickly enough.

Lesson learned in Oceania? Countries should not and cannot depend solely on FTTH. New Zealand and Australia are ahead of the game, and they’ve come to that conclusion. President Obama should take note and include as part of his broadband initiative. is not just for Oceania. America needs it too, especially in urban areas where ultra broadband access is a mere dream. can make it a reality.