First with 10x UF broadband
Some Porirua business and home internet users will be among the first in the country to get ultra fast broadband (UFB).
Network provider Chorus has announced the first stage of the fibre optic network programme to begin before Christmas and it includes Plimmerton, Papakowhai and Whitby.
Chorus chief executive Mark Ratcliffe said UFB will be delivered to schools, health facilities and businesses first, in line with government policy.
The first year deployment also includes Ashburton, Auckland, Blenheim, Dunedin, Masterton, Kelson in Lower Hutt and Churton Park in Wellington.
UFB is defined as a network capable of carrying data rates of 100 megabytes per second or faster.
Chorus communications manager Robin Kelly said it is about 10 times faster than current broadband speeds.
‘‘We will be looking at where the existing network is and also those areas where we can prioritise businesses, schools and hospitals,’’ he said.
‘‘It is an eight-year programme and very much year-one and very much first steps.’’
As soon as retail internet service providers have developed ultra high speed fibre services, residents will be able to connect to the network, he said.
Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett said Mana, Camborne, Papakowhai, parts of Aotea and most of Whitby have some of the highest work-fromhome rates in New Zealand.
‘‘This is fantastic news for our city and it means Porirua had jumped ahead of some Wellington city suburbs in the queue.
‘‘People in Papakowhai, Whitby and Camborne will have blistering speeds while Karori, Tawa and Kelburn are still using the old broadband networks,’’ Mr Legget said.
‘‘Residents in these suburbs will be able to connect to internet speeds of up to 100mbps from their living room, which will enable people to work from home and transform educational opportunities for our kids.’’
Residents can check whether the Chorus broadband network reaches their home by visiting chorus.co.nz /ch-ournetwork and entering their address.
Mr Kelly said the map will be updated as cable is laid. Residents will need to contact their internet service provider to be connected.