Ericsson to open fibre optic cable duct production facility in Wellington

2013-02-21 Categories: Press Releases

  • Ericsson has selected Wellington, New Zealand to open a new optic fibre duct manufacturing facility, outside of the current facility in Sweden.
  • The facility located in Todd Park, Porirua will initially service the New Zealand fibre needs as part of the Ultra Fast Broadband (UFB) and Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI) Network deployments, with potential to also meet demand in the Asia Pacific region.
  • 30 local jobs are expected to be created, with a mixture of both production and product development roles to drive further product innovation.

Today, with the Minister for Communications and Information Technology, The Hon. Amy Adams, Ericsson announced it will open a fibre duct production facility in Wellington to support the Ultra Fast Broadband Network and Rural Broadband Initiative deployments, as well as future regional demand for fibre.

The fibre we are producing is a critical component of one of the most important infrastructure projects yet undertaken in New Zealand, which is building a nationwide broadband platform from which New Zealand’s digital transformation will grow,” said Christian Kimell, Vice President Global Business Management, Ericsson Cables.

Ericsson research undertaken with Arthur D Little shows that, for every 10 percentage point increase in penetration rate, GDP increases by 1 percentage point and further for every 1,000 new connections 80 new jobs are created.#

“Locating the facility in New Zealand means that our delivery timelines will be significantly reduced, we will reduce the environmental impact of the shipping process and have the opportunity to utilize local skills in production and product development,” Christian Kimell said.

Chorus CEO Mark Ratcliffe said “This move further demonstrates how Chorus and the wider technology and communications industry is gaining momentum and aligning to support New Zealand’s transition to a fibre world. The Ericsson facility helps streamline our build programme, but more importantly injects fibre focused innovation that will ensure we keep at pace with developments in technology changes as we progress with the programme over the next several years.”

Alfred Ling, Head of Ericsson New Zealand said today, “We believe our current delivery program of fibre to Chorus; the opportunity to leverage the UFB rollout to develop product innovations and technical competence; and New Zealand’s proximity to Asia where we anticipate future fibre demand, have created the right environment and timing for this investment.”

“Nationwide connectivity is essential for the development of New Zealand’s digital economy. This fibre will have the capacity to carry more data-intensive and latency-sensitive applications such as healthcare and education delivery through to interactive TV, real time business video communications and other data rich professional services.

“The facility will produce fibre ducts for Ericsson’s Ribbonet® and Micronet ABF systems, starting in the second half of 2013.

“This facility continues our commitment to investing in New Zealand. For over 20 years we have worked on large fibre infrastructure projects, in partnership with Telecom NZ, the then Telstra Saturn, and Vector, to deliver telecommunications services to New Zealanders.

“Ericsson has an agreement with Chorus, New Zealand’s largest telecommunications utility provider, to supply air-blown fibre optic-cable systems, that is part of the program to build a new fibre network that has begun delivering ultra-fast broadband services to New Zealand.

“Ericsson is proud to play a role in the New Zealand’s Ultrafast Broadband project that will underpin significant innovation and growth in New Zealand’s Networked Society,” Mr Ling said.

# Source Ericsson and Arthur D. Little, 2010-2011

Ericsson is the world’s leading provider of communications technology and services. We are enabling the Networked Society with efficient real-time solutions that allow us all to study, work and live our lives more freely, in sustainable societies around the world.

Our offering comprises services, software and infrastructure within Information and Communications Technology for telecom operators and other industries. Today more than 40 percent of the world’s mobile traffic goes through Ericsson networks and we support customers’ networks servicing more than 2.5 billion subscribers.

We operate in 180 countries and employ more than 100,000 people. Founded in 1876, Ericsson is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden. In 2011 the company’s net sales were SEK 226.9 billion (USD 35.0 billion). Ericsson is listed on NASDAQ OMX, Stockholm and NASDAQ, New York stock exchanges.

www.ericsson.com

www.twitter.com/ericssonpress

www.facebook.com/technologyforgood

www.youtube.com/ericssonpress

For further information, please contact

Selina O’Connor

Communications Manager, Australia and New Zealand

Phone: +61 2 911 4836

Mobile: +61 467 787970

E-mail: selina.o.connor@ericsson.com