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Monday, March 22, 2004

 

New Zealand: City of Wellington considers fibre optic network expansion

In New Zealand, the City of Wellington built a pioneering municipal fibre optic network, CityLink, in the city's central business district (CBD) in the 1990s. Now as other cities such as Christchurch are catching up by building networks of their own, Wellington leaders are considering further steps such as deploying fibre to the suburbs and offering residential broadband.

They're also dealing with the challenge of getting fibre into some buildings in the CBD; building such short 'laterals" from main fibre trunks into the basements of older office buildings in dense urban areas has proven to be very expensive. New technologies such as fibre cable deployed in sewer lines or laid in the surfaces of roadways and sidewalks can cut these costs substantially.

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