In­stal­la­tion of fi­bre starts in Nga¯ru­awa¯hia

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Nga¯ru­awa¯hia has wel­comed the start of work to ex­pand the Ul­trafast Fi­bre high-speed broad­band net­work to the town with a spe­cial bless­ing.

Tu­ran­gawae­wae Marae kau­matua, Pokaia Nepia, was on hand to wel­come Ul­trafast Fi­bre staff and con­trac­tors and to bless the project for a safe com­ple­tion.

The North Waikato town is one of three smaller ar­eas in the North Is­land cur­rently un­der­go­ing the sec­ond stage ex­pan­sion along with Omoko­roa and Strat­ford.

Fi­bre lay­ing will be car­ried out si­mul­ta­ne­ously in the three towns.

The ar­eas are part of the sec­ond wave of fi­bre in­stal­la­tion by Ul­trafast Fi­bre [UFF] which has al­ready suc­cess­fully com­pleted de­ploy­ment of a 3000 kilo­me­tre fi­bre op­tic net­work to eight cen­tral North Is­land cities and towns.

The sec­ond tranche of fi­bre de­ploy­ment, of which the three towns are part of, will also in­clude Huntly, Ki­hik­ihi, Raglan, Eltham, In­gle­wood, Waitara, Pu­taruru, Te Puke, and Katikati.

UFF chief ex­ec­u­tive Wil­liam Hamil­ton said the ex­panded net­work foot­print has cre­ated a lot of in­ter­est from the towns.

‘‘We know these smaller com­mu­ni­ties can hardly wait to be con­nected. We would love to de­liver fi­bre to ev­ery­one im­me­di­ately, but we do have a build pro­gramme to work through, stretch­ing out for the next year or so,’’ Hamil­ton said.

The bless­ing was held at the en­trance to the town near the Waikato River where ref­er­ence was made to the sig­nif­i­cance of the fi­bre net­work be­ing an in­for­ma­tion high­way that in some ways echos the river as a pre­vi­ous eco­nomic high­way for lo­cal peo­ple.

UFF owned by Com­mu­nity Trust through WEL Net­works Ltd and Waipa Net­works Ltd.

‘‘We know these smaller com­mu­ni­ties can hardly wait to be con­nected’’

The sec­ond launch of the in­stal­la­tion was an­nounced in Jan­uary and was part of for­mer prime min­is­ter Bill English and Tau­ranga MP Si­mon Bridges’ $300m phase of Na­tional’s UFB pro­gramme.

The UFF net­work rep­re­sents about 13 per cent of the en­tire na­tional UFB build.

A fur­ther ex­pan­sion now in­cludes 15 new and/or ar­eas ad­ja­cent to these ex­ist­ing cities and towns.

UL­TRA FAST FI­BRE

Tu­ran­gawae­wae Marae Kau­matua, Pokaia Nepia, with Ul­trafast Fi­bre Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Wil­liam Hamil­ton fol­low­ing the bless­ing of in­stal­la­tion work for ul­tra-fast broad­band into Nga¯ru­awa¯hia.

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