First with 10x UF broad­band

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By JIM CHIPP

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.

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