Clutha towns named in UFB extension
Six Clutha District towns have been named in an Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) extension programme.
Telecommunications provider Chorus released detailed maps on Tuesday showing Stirling, Clinton, Kaitangata, Lawrence, Owaka and Tapanui as part of the ‘‘UFB2+’’ extension.
In August, Chorus announced it would be extending its UFB pro- gramme to about 60,000 more customers beyond the approximately 1.3 million customers in Chorus’ existing planned UFB1 and UFB2 rollout areas to improve connectivity.
Chorus was the main player in this initiative, network and field management general manager Ed Beattie said.
‘‘At this stage we are still working on the exact build schedule so have yet to confirm timings for UFB2+ but we will be back in touch with the community to share these as soon we have them set.’’
Chorus is in the process of building the fibre network to more than 1.3 million homes, businesses, schools and medical centres right across New Zealand.
The latest figures show that the first stage of the UFB build is 70 per cent complete, with about 780,000 premises now able to connect to fibre, with a Chorus uptake of 39 per cent nationally.
‘‘The fibre network being built provides more reliable and faster broadband than ever before, with speeds of up to 1Gbps (1Gig) currently available on our network, but there is still more to come,’’ Beattie said.
‘‘Right now at Chorus we’re hard at work planning the next upgrade to the fibre network – a whopping 10Gbps connection. All of this, of course, opens a world of opportunity to transform New Zealand’s economy, our com- munities, and the way we connect to the rest of the world.’’
On average, New Zealand households were each consuming about 162Gb of data per month, a huge increase on the 13Gb used back in 2011, he said.
New ‘‘data-hungry’’ devices and applications, such as 4K TVs and virtual reality would only continue to fuel the demand for bandwidth, with average monthly data usage forecasted to reach 680Gb per household by 2020.