Last week thousands of Telecom XT network customers were without service, some for three days. This comes just weeks after a similar outage last December. It makes a mockery of Telecom’s claim of “five nines” (99.999% reliability).
Telecom’s mobile network architecture is flawed to the extent that if one of its two RNC switches for the country fails, the other one cannot take over for the whole country. The XT network was meant to breathe new life into Telecom. Instead, it has come to symbolise what is wrong with the company.
Govt ‘asking for a disaster’ on broadband
Australasian telecommunications specialist Paul Budde laid into New Zealand’s $1.5 billion plan for ultra-fast broadband yesterday, saying he didn’t see how anybody could respond to a tender to take part in the project. Budde says he has grave doubts about the outcome of the initiative due to a lack of information about the shape of the network, applications and the regulatory environment. …
Budde is also critical of the local fibre company structure. He says telecommunications is about scale, and the proposed 33 local fibre companies will not be large enough to deliver affordable services.
“It’s totally ridiculous. It’s not going to work. You are asking for a disaster,” he says
Is NZ going to keep up in an increasingly wired world? Perhaps we the “consumers” should send some “market signals”. There are alternatives to Telecom. And there are alternatives to a National led government…