Subject: [IP] more on NZ Telecom announces forced migration to VoIP network
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From: Bob Frankston <Bob2firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: August 30, 2005 8:53:34 PM EDT To: email@example.com, 'Ip Ip' <firstname.lastname@example.org> Cc: 'Gavin Treadgold' <email@example.com> Subject: RE: [IP] NZ Telecom announces forced migration to VoIP network
I want to know more about this. I presume most Telcos are moving to
IP-based infrastructure but are trying to maintain the illusion it is still
the PSTN. An attempt to maintain a private IP infrastructure would seem to
be in the same mold but they are making the transition visible. Perhaps
they are simply going to give up on telephony as a revenue source and are
going to help their users go to naked VoIP while they become a connectivity
Will they try to maintain their advantaged position? Perhaps they expect
little competition in their marketplace so won't have to play the games I
complain about in http://www.frankston.com/?name=OnePercent. Or maybe they
simply in denial.
Can you find out more about their plans?
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From: Gavin Treadgold <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: August 30, 2005 6:25:14 PM EDT To: Farber David <email@example.com> Subject: NZ Telecom announces forced migration to VoIP network
Telecom New Zealand has recently announced that they will be upgrading the PSTN between 2007-2012 to a private VoIP network. No mention yet as to interfacing between Telecom's private VoIP network and other IP networks. I assume that it will occur over DSL as that is the only broadband we have capable of reaching a large percentage of the population.
Upgrade for every Telecom phone <http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/print/0,1478,3394689a11,00.html> 31 August 2005 By ADRIAN BATHGATE
Every home with a Telecom phone will need a new phone or adaptor in the next seven years because of an upgrade, but Telecom says it does not know the cost or who will pay.
Between 2007 and 2012, Telecom will shift 1.7 million phones from the 1980s switched-circuit system to an Internet protocol-based network.
With IP, voice is broken down and transmitted as data, and reassembled at the other end. Added software makes "smart" phone services available.
Telecom's chief operating officer, Simon Moutter, said those included the ability for a customer to have a number to allocate to any phone, at any time. More advanced features include video-on-demand and online gaming.
"All of today's products and services won't necessarily be available in the same structure, so it's a very large challenge," Mr Moutter said. Telecom was making sure basic phone functions were in place first.
The project, which has been planned for a few years, will cost $1.4 billion. Telecom will replace equipment between exchanges and roadside cabinets, but copper lines into homes will remain.
The first phone lines will be put on to the new network in 2007.
Telecom's customers will need an IP-capable phone or an adaptor that can convert calls. Telecom said no decisions had been made about how much this would cost, or whether it would be subsidised. Existing phones should be usable till 2012.
Triple-play on Telecom's speed dial <http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/print.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10343238> 31.08.05 By Peter Nowak
Telecom is poised for big cost savings and possible job cuts by replacing its phone system with a next-generation "triple-play" network.
The company acknowledged yesterday the new network would take some of the cost out of doing business and that staffing would be affected in a process that would "take some years".
Chief operating officer Simon Moutter said: "This new network will transform the nature of the business. You can envisage on the end of this a profoundly different business model."
Moutter guessed at possible cost savings of $100 million a year, although spokesman John Goulter later said Telecom had no definitive estimates. Goulter also said there were no immediate plans to cut staff.
Analysts said the new network, a "triple-play" of voice, data and video services, will introduce several consolidation benefits. It will cull several points of product entry for customers to one, reducing costs in everything from marketing, billing and rental of physical floor space.
By one estimate, Telecom's operating costs would be shaved by 60 per cent to 80 per cent.
That would be good news for the company, which saw its annual operating expenses rise to $3.3 billion for the year to June 30, from $3 billion a year earlier.
Sydney-based telecommunications analyst Paul Budde said the network would also make a significant number of jobs redundant.
"There's no doubt about that. The good news is that New Zealand has already moved further than lots of other countries, so the pain won't be [as bad]," he said.
Budde estimates the network would eventually allow Telecom to cut between 10 to 15 per cent of its workforce, "not overnight, but gradually".
The new infrastructure will replace the old digital phone network - installed in the 1980s - with an internet protocol network. In essence, customers will be making all calls over the internet, albeit a privately secured one owned by Telecom.
The company has begun a three-month voice call trial with 120 customers and expects to start migrating customers on to the network in early 2007.
The complete transition of 2.2 million customer lines is scheduled to be complete by 2012.
Moutter said while existing voice-over-internet-protocol services - such as the wildly successful Skype - offered extremely low-cost calls, that would not necessarily be the case with Telecom's offerings.
He said the quality of internet calls was still questionable while Telecom's offerings - which he pointedly stressed were "not internet voice" - would continue to be of a high pedigree.
There would be a range of offerings, with high-quality calling costing more and lower-quality costing less.
Aside from voice and traditional broadband internet services, the $1.4 billion Alcatel-supplied network will also introduce video capabilities.
In the near term, analysts expect this to translate into video calling.
But down the road it could also mean television-like services.
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