17 more West Coast towns added to UFB rollout


Seventeen additional areas on the West Coast have been included in the Government's ultrafast broadband programme (UFB), Chorus announced yesterday.
The new areas are Punakaiki, Ahaura, Dobson, Taylorville, Franz Josef Glacier, Fox Glacier, Granity, Kaniere, Karamea, Kumara, Moana, Blackball, Ross, Whataroa, Waimangaroa, Carters Beach and Hari Hari.
In August, Chorus announced it had reached an agreement with Crown Infrastructure Partners (formerly Crown Fibre Holdings) to extend its UFB rollout to about 60,000 more customers beyond the approximately 1.3 million customers in Chorus' existing rollout areas.
"At this stage we are still working on the exact build schedule so have yet to confirm timings for UFB2+ but we will be back in touch with the community to share these as soon we have them set," general manager network and field management Ed Beattie said.
All up, Chorus is building the fibre network to more than 1.3 million homes, businesses, schools and medical centres right across New Zealand.
The latest figures show that the first stage of the UFB build is 70% complete, with about 780,000 premises now able to connect to fibre. Fibre uptake in Chorus areas across the country is currently at 39%, well ahead of the initial 2020 target of 20%.
"The fibre network being built provides more reliable and faster broadband than ever before, with speeds of up to 1Gbps (1Gig) currently available on our network, but there is still more to come. Right now at Chorus we're hard at work planning the next upgrade to the fibre network -- a whopping 10Gbps connection. All of this, of course, opens a world of opportunity to transform New Zealand's economy, our communities, and the way we connect to the rest of the world."

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