Pt Che­va­lier speeds up the net

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Jo­ce­lyn Rein

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.

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