In a nation-wide first for Kordia and business internet provider One Fibre, the ISP has successfully connected a retail customer to the UFB network through Kordia’s new Business Connect Light service.
Kordia Product Manager, Philip Bodis, says the new service proves that ISPs should not be daunted by the complexities of tapping into UFB. “Most companies simply do not have the resources to deal with multiple UFB providers, organise their own backhaul, not to mention sort through the layers of commercial and legal requirements.”
“We are the first and currently the only wholesale provider of this type of aggregated access service in New Zealand, and it’s fantastic to see One Fibre making the most of Business Connect Light to complement their existing network offering.”
“Even though UFB doesn’t currently cover the entire country, we are using copper connections so that customers have the widest access possible. It also gives a migration path with an option to upgrade later on,” says Bodis.
One Fibre co-director Dwayne Smith says the Kordia service has been instrumental in enabling UFB access in regions where the company has yet to develop its own infrastructure.
“We partner with Kordia in a number of regions to provide UFB access, either as a stepping stone until we can provide our own point of presence, or in areas where it may not be financially justifiable to build our own network, such as when there’s only one customer in the region.”
“Just like Kordia, we only cater to businesses, so the partnership has been a natural fit. We also use Kordia for UFB backhaul services, so it’s a real win-win. With the growing popularity of cloud based services and more reliable VoIP offerings, there’s a huge opportunity for businesses to tap into UFB through services like this,” says Smith.
Kordia is also continuing to expand its Ethernet Exchange nodes at Chorus exchanges, regional data centres and UFB handover locations throughout the country, giving customers even greater flexibility and improved reach to the UFB network.