Schools in line for fast in­ter­net

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KARO­LINE TUCKEY

Nine­teen Porirua and Tawa schools will be among the 693 to be in­cluded in the next round of ul­trafast broad­band roll­outs.

The sec­ond stage of work to widen the fi­bre net­work is sched­uled to be­gin on July 1 and be com­pleted by the end of June 2013. The project, ad­min­is­tered by the Gov­ern­ment’s Crown Fi­bre Hold­ings, aims to con­nect about 75 per cent of the coun­try’s ur­ban ar­eas by 2020.

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Hekia Parata says UFB will al­low a trans­for­ma­tion in teach­ing.

‘‘ By the end of 2015, 97.7 per cent of schools and 99.9 per cent of stu­dents will re­ceive UFB en­abling speeds of 100 megabits per sec­ond.’’

In the Welling­ton re­gion the fi­bre net­work is be­ing in­stalled and man­aged by ex-tele­com sub­sidiary Cho­rus, one of the com­pa­nies work­ing on the ini­tia­tive na­tion­ally. The lat­est an­nounce­ment in­cludes six towns that are new to the project, as well as more plans for places where the project was be­gun last year.

Cho­rus chief ex­ec­u­tive Mark Ratcliffe says the project is gain­ing mo­men­tum and the com­pany has 29,999km of cable reach­ing more than 830,000 prop­er­ties.

‘‘Each week, our team lays a fur­ther 50 km of new fi­bre op­tic cable past homes, schools, ma­jor health fa­cil­i­ties and busi­nesses,’’ he says.

The com­pany plans to re­lease fur­ther fore­casts for up­com­ing ar­eas to be con­nected to ‘‘ give stake­hold­ers a view of our fore­cast plans so that they can make in­formed de­ci­sions about prod­uct de­vel­op­ment, pro­vide in­put on likely de­mand ar­eas and co-or­di­nate lo­cal works’’, he says.

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