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Micro-trenching: can it cut the cost of fibre to the home?

9 December 2008

Government funding of fibre to the home (FTTH) networks is one of the key issues exercising the creative thinking of telecommunications carriers around the world. Naturally, the public insists that government money is spent wisely, so cost-effective solutions must be used for publicly funded fibre roll-out.

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Fibre to the home: who’s doing it, how and why?

18 November 2008

From the FTTH Council’s global rankings for FTTH penetration we can gain some insights into the thorny question of how to achieve fibre rollout in the face of a difficult cost versus revenue equation. South Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan are the leaders in Fibre to the Building deployment with their dense urban dwellings assisting the economic case via demographic and geographic patterns. The leaders in straight FTTH deployment are Japan, Sweden, Norway, Slovenia, Iceland and Denmark where in most cases geography is less useful for the cause. So what makes the economic case workable in these countries and who are the prime movers?

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Bang for buck: what you can get for your broadband dollar

14 October 2008

For most consumers, choosing a broadband plan is an exercise in identifying the “best” service for a given budget. While the headlines tend to focus on the downlink bandwidth – faster is better – the consumer’s purchase decision is more complex as it involves prioritising various criteria, based on individual requirements and budget.

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Privacy in an Information Society: issues from the Facebook experience

27 February 2008

In recent weeks the social network, Facebook, has been widely criticised for the difficulties experienced by its users wishing to end their association with the site, and seeking to delete their accounts and all of their content. However, in Facebook’s November 2007 Terms of Use, to which members would have agreed in order to complete the registration process, it is clearly stated that although “you may remove your User Content from the Site at any time”, “you acknowledge that the Company may retain archived copies of your User Content”.

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Capturing network externalities: should a surcharge apply?

5 February 2008

The introduction of a network externality surcharge (NES) is a factor that can be included when determining termination charges, and is usually considered within the context of cost-based pricing regimes. However, the degree to which the effect of this component is felt would be a function of whether or not, and to what extent, it can be demonstrated that the introduction of such a subsidy would encourage more people to join the network.

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Next stop – sub-loop unbundling

22 January 2008

The casual observer may be wondering what’s going on in the New Zealand telecommunications industry at the moment. In August last year, with great fanfare, a couple of ISPs unveiled the first non-Telecom DSLAMs in a Telecom exchange. Then in November Telecom announced which of its exchanges are going to be “cabinetised” – and the first on the list are those that have just been unbundled. The ISPs cry foul. Are they justified or not?

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Growing the ICT industry: can New Zealand be the new Ireland?

19 December 2007

One of the great success stories of the past decade has been the emergence of Ireland, which has been experiencing one of the highest levels of economic growth in the OECD. In particular, the ICT sector has played a remarkable role in that transformation, despite the limited size of the domestic market.

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