Telecom have really made an effort over the last few months to reach out to industry.Â I applaud that.Â Yesterday a couple of senior Telecomers working on cabinetisation took the time to walk me through what they are doing and why they are doing it.
An issue they face is explaining why cabinets go where. Especially when it seems that some customers close to an Exchange are already well served.Â The explanation is logical but will require more typing than I have time for right now and I expect there will be documents out in the public domain explaining that next year.
Cabinetisation is about taking fibre right out to the node.Â It provides the backbone of the New Zealand network and once in place will provide us with a world class internal infrastructure.
The issue has been clouded by LLU. I’m no expert on all of that but I did note the new cabinet design does have space for 3rd parties.
Cabinetisation really solves the back haul issue.Â A big performance bottleneck on your home or small business internet connection is not your copper to the cabinet or exchange, but the cabinet or exchange to the central network.
I thought a useful digram would be one that shows the difference in bandwidth from the home to the central network as it stands now and as it will be with fibre to the Cabinet.Â Gerard from Telecom agreed and drew up these two diagrams which lay out the benefit of cabinetisation..
This is the relative bandwidth of links pre-cabinetisation …
This is what the links look like with fibre to the cabinet …
So I think cabinetisation is a very good thing.