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Brendan Ritchie
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Hyperfibre Guide

Chorus were the first to announce and release it, UFF followed a bit later, Enable are aiming for something to happen later in 2020 and NorthPower has given it a hard pass.

It's Hyperfibre

or XGSPON it’s pretty confusing. But if you are in NZ, and one of the original chorus UFB 1 zones called UFB 1 areas you will have even faster low cost access to fibre coming to you pretty soon.

If you’re in Australia, all the best with your sweet NBN speeds.

Chorus and UFF are running with 2 Gig and 4 Gig residential and small to medium enterprise options, and a 4 Gig business option. The Chorus Hyperfibre services are souped-up versions of their small business fibre product with the same enterprise SLA, but symmetrical speeds.

The 4 Gig business option can have varying levels of CIR applied in the same way that the existing BS3 services can, but much like the BS3 variants. I can’t see that option being used widely. The BS3 4 Gig Hyperfibre business option is also multi-VLAN capable.

Chorus says it’s on track to complete its rollout in UFB 1 zones by the end of September, While UFF’s rollout looks a little something like this.

UFF Hyperfibre Rollout

Credit to the carriers for the wholesale price points offered. They allow us to offer the 2 Gig plan for $189 a month. The 4 Gig plan for $269 a month, and the business 4 Gig service from $475 a month. All excluding GST.

Why Hyperfibre

I think it was more about ring fencing the layer 2 services against PONFAS, which is the acronym for the unbundled fibre service that is now required to be offered by the LFCs and Chorus.

But if you’re interested in that whole conspiracy theory I have running around there. Please head to the blog, and you can read more on that subject.ย 

When we look at use cases for Hyperfibre, we should be thinking about the aggregate capacity being offered rather than a headline speed for an individual user.

That’s certainly the way Chorus is promoting the use of the 4x 1Gig ports on its ONTs, where business has a use case for speed in excess of 1 Gig due to a number of individual users or applications.

Consuming significant bandwidth, Hyperfibre may well make sense. Hyperfibre doesn’t really address a current problem, but it does set New Zealand up nicely for the future.

When you think about Speed really hasn’t been an issue in New Zealand, because things like dark fibre have been available for a long time, but speeds in excess of 1 Gig are now mainstream with price points in reach, within reach of the vast majority of businesses.

So in a number of cases, the 4 Gig business variant will be a great alternative to dark fibre. The only catch is the MAC address limit so be sure to scope that fully before jumping in.

What's slowing Hyperfibre down

The biggest holdup on widespread adoption of these Hyperfibre services will be the ability to get the full speed from them.

So router, firewall selection, WiFi, cabling, switching, network interface, CPU, disk resource. There will all need to be carefully selected if they aren’t going to impact on the end user experience.

So that’s it for now, but there is plenty more to read over at our blog on this subject and all the cool people are in fact getting over there to learn more

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