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Ultra-Fast Broadband and Rural Broadband Initiative Programme

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John Gandy
Commerce Commission

Ernie Newman
Chair, NHITB Consumer Panel

(Thursday, 11.30, Panel)

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Ultra-Fast Broadband and Rural Broadband Initiative Programme

  1. 1. Ultra Fast Broadband and Health HINZ conference Thursday 24 November 2011
  2. 2. INTRODUCTION 2 Ultra Fast Broadband Initiative Rural Broadband Initiative Demand side study e-Health in a broadband world
  3. 3. THE UFB INITIATIVE 3 UFB Objective • To accelerate rollout of ultrafast broadband (100Mbps/50Mbps) to 75% of New Zealanders over 10 years.
  4. 4. PRINCIPLES OF THE UFB INITIATIVE 4 Make a significant contribution to economic growth Neither discourage nor substitute private sector investment Avoid entrenching the position, or ‘lining the pockets’, of existing broadband network providers Avoid excessive infrastructure duplication Focus on building new infrastructure and not unduly preserving the ‘legacy assets’ of the past Ensure affordable broadband services
  5. 5. UFB Candidate Areas Whangarei Candidate % of Areas UFB Auckland Waiheke Island Pukekohe, Waiuku Tauranga Whakatane 2 15.3 Hamilton Rotorua Tokoroa Gisborne New Plymouth Taupo 1 1.6 Napier-Hastings Hawera Wanganui Palmerston North, Feilding Levin, Kapiti Masterton 24 69.4 Nelson Greymouth Blenheim Wellington 6 13.7 Rangiora Ashburton Christchurch 33 100.0 Timaru Queenstown Oamaru Dunedin UFB partnerships will cover all 33 candidate Invercargill areas (75% of NZ population) by end 2019
  6. 6. UFB TECHNOLOGY 7 P2P for premium GPON for mass market business and priority users Standard Optical ITU-T G.984 standard Network Termination Dedicated service to a split 1:24 (allowing (ONT) configuration; 4 single premise 100Mbps downstream Ethernet ports and 2 (supplying speeds up and 50Mbps upstream) legacy Voice (ATA) to 10Gbps) ports
  7. 7. Products/pricing for home/retail users (GPON technology)
  8. 8. RURAL BROADBAND INITIATIVE (RBI) 9 RBI Objective • Improve coverage of fast broadband to enable 80% of rural households and businesses to access services of 5Mbps or better and the remaining 20% able to achieve speeds of at least 1 Mbps • Connect 97% of schools to fibre enabling speeds of at least 100Mbps with the remaining remote schools able to achieve speeds of at least 10Mbps
  9. 9. RURAL BROADBAND INITIATIVE (RBI) 10 The RBI complements the UFB initiative and targets the remaining 25% of New Zealanders The RBI is provided by way of a grant of $300M recognising that providing fast broadband to rural communities is commercially unattractive to investors yet vital to NZ’s economy
  10. 10. 2.Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI)
  11. 11. THE COMMISSION’S DEMAND SIDE STUDY 13 s9A of the Telecommunications Act states that “The Commission may conduct inquiries, reviews and studies into any matter relating to the telecommunications industry…. Objective • “To identify ... any factors that may impede the uptake of high speed broadband delivered over both fibre and wireless networks.”
  12. 12. THE COMMISSION’S DEMAND SIDE STUDY 14 Analyse the drivers broadband uptake access in overseas and in NZ. Identify the factors that may affect this e.g. home wiring, network neutrality, peering, IP interconnection, data caps and content. Assess if these create barriers to entry or expansion. Identify sectors like e-health and e-education where high speed broadband can be a significant enabler. Monitor market developments.
  13. 13. THE COMMISSION’S DEMAND SIDE STUDY 15 Discussion paper: 15 December 2011 Conference: 20 & 21 February 2012 Final report: April 2012
  14. 14. DEMAND SIDE STUDY: EDUCATION AND HEALTH “Identify sectors like e-education and e-health where high-speed broadband can be a significant enabler”
  15. 15. METHODOLOGY: – Interviews with leaders and visionaries in the sector – Web research – International validation – including Scottish Telehealth Assn annual conference and related discussions, UK National Health Service, and talks with allied bodies in Denmark (Odense University Hospital; MedCom)
  16. 16. AREAS WHERE HEALTH INFORMATICS WILL UTILISE ULTRA FAST BROADBAND: – Aged care – Ambulance services – Chronic conditions – Maternity – Medications management – On line health and wellness information – Primary care service delivery – Radiography – Remote monitoring – Remote surgery – Telehealth
  17. 17. WHICH OF THESE WILL REQUIRE SERIOUS BANDWIDTH? → Aging population delaying move to rest homes – Monitoring – Security – Comfort and community connectedness → Tele-monitoring of patients with chronic or multiple conditions → Clinician-patient interaction by telephone, email, or video → Shared care records with patient portals – encouraging people to engage far more in their own health issues: – on line research – fitness – support groups
  18. 18. A WORD ABOUT EDUCATION → While a major explosion in bandwidth demand in health is arguably a few years away, explosive latent demand in schools is here now → We expect high bandwidth connectivity at work; why should our school-age children not expect the same at school? → “Bring Your Own Device” an early driver – From resistance, to resigned acceptance, to encouragement, to insistence → Innovative teaching technologies → Ubiquitous video → Learning across the 24/7 span → Home access to school networks
  19. 19. Education + Health = Irresistible Proposition for Families
  20. 20. CONCLUSION ICT holds the key to solving many massive challenges confronting health services globally: – Aging population – Aging health workforce – International competition for clinicians – Ever-increasing consumer expectations – Servicing a decentralised society – Move from silos, to integrated/shared care – Shift care down from secondary, to primary, to community
  21. 21. QUESTIONS? “The Future With High Speed Broadband – Opportunities for New Zealand” Conference 20/21 February www.comcom.govt.nz

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