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Chorus picks Huawei for rural broadband gear

Huawei and Chorus have signed a deal which allows Chorus to use Huawei equipment for its rural broadband roll out.

The decision is more bad news for Alcatel-Lucent, Telecom's long-time network infrastructure partner.

Chorus, which was spun-off from Telecom on November 30, recently announced it had picked Ericsson as its fibre supplier for its urban Crown fibre roll-out (although Alcatel-Lucent was was still in the running to supply the layer 2 electronics to "light" the dark fibre).

It also marks the second recent big win for Huawei, which on November 7 was named as the layer 2 electronics provider for Ultrafast Fibre – a consortium led by lines company Wel Networks – that won UFB contracts covering Hamilton, Tauranga, Tokoroa, New Plymouth, Hawera, Wanganui, Te Awamutu and Cambridge.

The supply arrangement would allow Chorus, which completed demerger last month, to use Huawei’s coarse wavelength division multiplexing (CWDM) equipment, a layer 2 electronics technology Chorus said increased the data capacity of existing rural fibre optic cables to connect remote schools, roadside cabinets and cellular sites.

The equipment would help Chorus to increase the capacity on its existent network without needing to deploy additional fibre cables, general manager of network build Chris Dhyrberg said.

“Proven technologies such as these will help the Crown’s RBI investment go further extending the reach of world-class broadband beyond the agreed targets.”

Huawei chief executive Arthur Zhang said the deal represented another step forward for Huawei in New Zealand.

“We are committed to helping provide the entire country with access to better internet connectivity, and working with leading operators like Chorus helps us to achieve this.”

Telecom and Vodafone won a $300 million tender to upgrade broadband connections to rural homes. Most of the money for the project comes from a levy on all telecommunications companies.

Vodafone, which is handling the wireless leg of the rural rollout, has previously said it will work with its incumbent network equipement provider, Nokia Siemens.

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Comments and questions
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Get ready for comments from the anti-Asian and racist brigade about allowing Chinese interests into NZ.

Never mind the fact that the Americans completely stuffed up Telecom and ripped billions out of what was pre-privatization the most advanced state of the art network.

No wonder NZ is going down the tubes.

Seems that you have a chip on your shoulder "Yellow Peril". Most New Zealanders are not comfortable with the communist Chinese government, rather than Chinese people.

Well said, Mac. The issue as I see it is simple: the Chinese government has the Great Firewall. Is Huawei just a front for the Chinese government, and are we all being sucked into the Great Internet Trap whereby we get all this great hardware but with back doors that give the Chinese government access and control whenever they decide to flip the switch? And Yellow Peril, we can have concerns about the Chinese government and at the same time have reservations about our great Capitalist mates the US as well. At the end of the day I know which I would prefer, and it's not red!

No issues with the Chinese winning the contract

Just wondering why Ericson won the fibre contract over the better quality and cheaper Korean product that was on offer

Not racist, just curious. Did anyone ever look into that talk about a FTA deal on Huawei?
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/07/19/huawei_to_win_ufb_contract/

there r so many kiwis unemployed, all the businesses and jobs being givin to chinese and the chinese govt