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Success of UFB not reliant on second cable: Minister  

The success of the government-backed Ultra Fast Broadband scheme doesn’t depend on a second international cable being built, says ICT Minister Amy Adams.

Pacific Fibre directors announced yesterday that the project to build an international cable connecting New Zealand, Australia and the US would be abandoned. The cable would have been a rival to the existing Southern Cross Cable which is half-owned by Telecom. 

Chair Sam Morgan says that the Pacific Fibre cable was necessary to achieve the economic aims that the government has for Ultra Fast Broadband. 

Adams’s office replied with a statement late yesterday:

“While a second international cable is seen as beneficial for New Zealand into the future, the success of the UFB programme is not in any way reliant on a second cable. Our assessments show the Southern Cross cable has sufficient capacity in the medium term. In addition UFB is likely to use significant amounts of locally cached content reducing its reliance on international bandwidth. Planned upgrades of the Southern cross cable will further enhance existing capacity,” she says.

“The Government committed to being a foundation customer of Pacific Fibre through REANNZ because we do see value in a second cable long term. It is our expectation that as market dynamics change in the future new cable proposals are likely.”

 

 

Source: Computerworld

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