Fast fi­bre is com­ing to more towns

Hamilton News - - Front Page -

Ul­trafast Fi­bre has an­nounced the next wave of towns to re­ceive ul­trafast broad­band.

The sec­ond stage ex­pan­sion un­der the Govern­ment’s Ul­tra-fast Broad­band scheme in­cludes 27 more towns and lo­ca­tions gain­ing ac­cess to high speed broad­band. Work is al­ready un­der­way in Ngaru­awahia, Strat­ford, Omoko­roa and Pu­taruru, with house­holds al­ready be­ing con­nected.

Next to join will be the Matan­gi­ta­ma­here area south of Hamil­ton, and Ti­rau. Work is sched­uled to be­gin next month. Fi­bre roll out in Katikati in the Bay of Plenty gets un­der­way in June, while Huntly work be­gins in July.

These UFB2 and UFB2+ ar­eas rep­re­sent net­work ex­pan­sion on top of UFF’S com­pleted de­ploy­ment of 3000km of fi­bre op­tic to eight cen­tral North Is­land cities and towns.

UFF Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Wil­liam Hamil­ton says solid progress con­tin­ues with ex­pand­ing the net­work, which is great news for smaller lo­ca­tions.

“We know there has been a lot of an­tic­i­pa­tion in these smaller com­mu­ni­ties about the ar­rival of fi­bre, so see­ing work get un­der­way is great to see,” he says. “Cur­rently with a stan­dard res­i­den­tial con­nec­tion be­ing free of charge, we are hop­ing to en­cour­age as many mem­bers of our new com­mu­ni­ties as pos­si­ble to ac­cess the ben­e­fits of this great tech­nol­ogy”.

House­holds and busi­nesses can get fur­ther in­for­ma­tion at­breis­com­ with a list of towns and ap­prox­i­mate start dates un­der UFB2 and UFB2+.

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