Get wired for ul­trafast broad­band

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With­out the right home wiring the new ul­trafast broad­band net­work may still be out of reach, even in the ar­eas where it is be­ing in­stalled.

In­stal­la­tion of ul­trafast broad­band (UFB) be­gan in Au­gust last year, cour­tesy of the Cho­rus net­work. The exT­ele­com sub­sidiary is one of a num­ber of util­i­ties com­pa­nies work­ing un­der the gov­ern­ment’s UFB ini­tia­tive to cover about 75 per cent of the coun­try’s ur­ban ar­eas by 2020.

How­ever, to make use of UFB, homes and busi­nesses must have wiring, hard­ware, com­puter net­works and in­ter­net ser­vices that are up to the high-speed spec­i­fi­ca­tions, Cho­rus spokesman Robin Kelly says.

‘‘A cus­tomer’s broad­band ser­vice is also af­fected by fac­tors in­clud­ing their broad­band plan, mo­dem, com­puter, and the wiring in their home or busi­ness.’’

Mr Kelly says build­ings will need to be fit­ted with Cat5e cop­per net­work cable, or a higher stan­dard, and wiring needs to be laid out in a ‘‘star’’ lay­out from a cen­tral point to other rooms.

Most homes use the old cop­per wire tele­phone net­work to con­nect to the in­ter­net, which is fine for dial- up and broad­band in­ter­net speeds, but does not have the ca­pac­ity to carry UFB.

Ca­bles that can carry UFB have been widely avail­able for at least the past 10 years, Mr Kelly says, and most busi­ness premises have them in place. But un­less a home has been built dur­ing that time, or ren­o­va­tions have in­cluded UFB ca­bles, it is un­likely do­mes­tic users will have the right ca­bles.

‘‘As part of our con­tract with the gov­ern­ment we’ll run fi­bre-op­tic ca­bles from the boundary of their prop­erty to the side of their house and into the ONT, op­ti­cal net­work ter­mi­nal, which we pro­vide, which in­ter­faces with the fi­bre and then the ser­vice provider’s mo­dem.’’

Those plan­ning new homes or ren­o­vat­ing should look into installing high-speed in­ter­net ca­bles in their houses, he says.

‘‘Right now, with broad­band, you can stream high-def­i­ni­tion TV and do ba­sic video­con­fer­enc­ing, but what we are do­ing through fi­bre to homes is putting in fi­bre­op­tic ca­bles so you can take that next step up, but it’s up to the home­owner what they put in place to use that.’’

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