The Commerce Commission has released the first of three issues papers relating to the uptake of high speed broadband ahead of a public conference in February 2012. The paper examines the technical issues that the Commission has identified as being relevant to the uptake of high speed broadband services.
The key technical issues addressed in the paper are:
1. The cost of non-standard connections, premises re-wiring and the provision of customer premises equipment
2. National and international transit
3. Peering, internet protocol (IP) interconnection and network neutrality
4. Data caps
The paper also makes a number of observations on potential barriers to the uptake of high speed broadband services, including:
1. The cost to residential and business customers of paying for non-standard connections is likely to be a significant barrier to the uptake of high speed broadband. Premises re-wiring and cost of customer premises equipment (CPE) replacements may also inhibit the uptake of high speed broadband.
2. If current market trends continue, national and international transit and data caps are likely to be less significant issues for the uptake of high speed broadband. Peering, IP interconnection and network neutrality do not appear to be significant issues.
Two further papers will be released in early 2012 which set out issues that will be considered in depth at The Future with High Speed Broadband: Opportunities for New Zealand conference. These papers will look at e-health and e-education, and willingness to pay, content, and applications. They will be released in late January and early February 2012 respectively.