What is Hyperfibre?

The last few months everyone in the New Zealand telco industry has been talking about Hyperfibre. But what type of organisation is Hyperfibre suited to? After reading this post you will know what Hyperfibre is, the type of organisation it targets, and the technology behind it.

Chorus was the first to coin the word “Hyperfibre” in order to promote their next generation of fibre services. The new service will support best effort symmetric speeds up to 8Gbps, with 2Gbps and 4Gbps option launched initially. This means the speed will be the same for uploading and downloading.

Hyperfibre co-exists with Chorus’ existing fibre services making it a natural evolution for those looking for even faster plans with an easy upgrade path.

According to Chorus, the roll-out of this ultra-fast fibre will see New Zealand become one of only 10 countries in the world, and the first in the Southern Hemisphere, to offer broadband faster than the older Gigabit Passive Optical Networks (GPON).

How is this ultra-fast fibre delivered? Hyperfibre is delivered over XGS-PON technology. UFF, Northpower, Enable are following suit with XGS PON services currently being trialled.

What is XGS-PON?

A technical term that stands for the updated standard for Passive Optical Networks (PON) that can support 10 Gbps symmetrical data transfers. The “X” in XGS represents the number 10, whereas the “G” stands for Gigabit, and the letter “S” stands for symmetrical. XGS-PON is a 10 Gigabit Symmetrical Passive Optical Network. XGP-SON technology enables you to reach an internet speed of up to 10Gbps for download and upload regardless of the distance. The name “XGS-PON” is not exactly memorable or easy to pronounce, hence we are using Hyperfibre as a catch-all term for this type of service until something better comes along.

XGS-PON is the International Telecommunications Union’s (ITU) standard, which is developed in 2016.  ITU is responsible for studying technical, operating and tariff questions and issuing recommendations on them with a view to standardising telecommunications on a worldwide basis. With XGS-PON being the new world standard for internet delivery.

Hyperfibre (XGS-PON) comes with some hidden costs.. read about them here

Who is Hyperfibre for?

Extremely fast internet, who and what is it good for? Realistically speaking Hyperfibre doesn’t make sense for the majority of companies in NZ at this stage, however, Hyperfibre is ideal for companies with demanding requirements to consume huge amount of bandwidth and shift large quantities of data, fast.  

Hyperfibre enables the processing of a high volume of data with minimal delay and a fraction of the traditional cost. 

Companies will be able to use these super-fast connections to utilise full and hybrid cloud computing setups more effectively and efficiently.  Backup and replicate Gigabytes through to Terabytes of data to the Cloud or between offices backups quicker than ever before, which is great news for business continuity buffs.  

But for the everyday user, there not going to see huge changes, unless their current Max 1000/500 Mbps best effort connection is getting tapped out, which for most is pretty rare. 

Hyperfibre is ideal for businesses that: 

  • Need robust, symmetric bandwidth 
  • Support remote branches over MPLS and VPN quicker than ever before 
  • Have a large quantity of user running HD voice and video applications (4K/8K) and pretty much all other cloud apps simultaneously 
  • Require rapid prototyping and deployment and scale 
  • Depend on offsite or Cloud server/application hosting and backup 
  • Upload and share huge files 

At Lightwire Business, we contribute our thoughts to help you find the best connectivity solution for your organisation or clients. When it comes to finding your perfect internet solution it’s helpful to understand that not all Ultra-Fast Broadband services are equal. Read Nick’s post about understanding the variants of ultra-fast fibre and service restoration targets here.

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