Chorus completes first Ultra-fast broadband town

"Chorus is taking the next step of working with the local council, communities and the industry to build excitement around the benefits fibre can deliver for residents and businesses.”

Chorus has today announced Oamaru is the first town in New Zealand to have its fibre network completed under Chorus’ Ultra-fast broadband programme.

Chorus today joined Communications Minister Amy Adams, Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean and Oamaru Mayor Gary Kircher at an event at Aoraki Polytechnic’s Oamaru campus to celebrate the completion of the project.

The completion of the project in Oamaru means about 6,200 houses, businesses, schools and health facilities are now able to access fibre.

“As the first town to be completed by Chorus, Oamaru is now in the enviable position of getting a head start on the rest of New Zealand,” says Mark Ratcliffe, CEO, Chorus.

“Ultra-fast broadband has the potential to transform New Zealand’s economy, our communities, and the way we connect to the rest of the world, so we’re really looking forward to seeing how the Oamaru community can best take advantage of having world-class connectivity right on their door step.

“To help the Oamaru community make the most of fibre, Chorus is taking the next step of working with the local council, communities and the industry to build excitement around the benefits fibre can deliver for residents and businesses.”

Ratcliffe says Chorus is building about 70 per cent of the Ultra-fast broadband network in a public-private partnership with Government.

Chorus has 24 areas around New Zealand where it is deploying the UFB network.

All up, Chorus’ UFB network will run past more than 830,000 homes, businesses, schools and health facilities throughout the country by the end of 2019.

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