Pt Chevalier speeds up the net
Last year Pt Chevalier residents were told faster broadband on the peninsula wasn’t possible.
Nine months later they’ve proved that it can be done.
Telecom launched the firstroadsidebroadband cabinet on Pt Chevalier Rd last Friday to immediately deliver topspeed internet.
It marked a victory for residents who have fought since July to get the internet service in Pt Chevalier up to speed.
“It’s huge for us,” says Alex Woodley, a member of the Business in Service of Community group which has led the campaign.
“We’ve said all along ‘watch this space’,” she says.
The business owner says faster broadband will allow her to work from home, instead of having to travel to the city.
“I can get up in the morning and walk the kids to school.
“We get to spend some quality time.”
Telecom chief executive Paul Reynolds offi launched the cabinet.
It is the first of 15 for Pt Chevalier. The other 14 cabinets will be installed between now and June.
Around 3500 will be rolled out around the whole country.
Until now broadband availability in Pt Chevalier has been limited, leaving many households without any internet access.
The suburb was too far from the Mt Albert exchange for copper wires to carry a broadband signal.
The signal now travels through fibre optic cables from the exchange to the cabinet.
This arrangement has the advantage of reducing the length of copper wire needed to provide the service.
In February this year, the group sent a request for information to the broadband industry.
Its aim was to assess other options for internet providers in Pt Chevalier.
Group spokesman Malcolm Fraser says the response from the industry was encouraging.
He says Telecom’s action is a significant step forward but they will continue to evaluate other options over the coming weeks.
“It’s a vast improvement on what we had before,” Mr Fraser says.
Dr Reynolds says he knows it’s been a huge and emotive issue for the Pt Chevalier community.
He applauded the passion shown by residents.
“New Zealand is going from the back foot to the front foot with its broadband service,” he says.
Up to speed: Pt Chevalier resident Alex Woodley, left, says faster broadband speeds will make a huge difference to the community. Telecom chief Paul Reynolds, far right, launched the broadband cabinet.