Ultrafast Fibre has completed building the Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) network in Cambridge, Tokoroa and Hawera, on a network 297km long allowing almost 18,000 end users to connect to UFB.
Announced alongside Communications Minister Amy Adams, Ultrafast Fibre says business and residential users of these towns will now have the opportunity to connect to UFB through their broadband retail service provider and begin experiencing the benefits of faster internet.
"We are really excited to have completed the rollout of UFB in these three towns, opening the way for many more New Zealanders to connect and enjoy the ultra-fast fibre broadband experience for themselves," says William Hamilton, CEO, Ultrafast Fibre.
"Ultra-Fast Broadband will enhance and in some ways completely change the way people in these towns communicate, work and play online.”
Hamilton says UFB is “next-generation technology”, with the company seeing “huge demand” across the country.
"Our team is working really hard to get as many homes and businesses connected as possible,” Hamilton adds.
The completion of the network build in these towns is part of a wider government initiative to roll out Ultra-Fast Broadband to 75% of New Zealanders in 33 towns and cities.
Ultrafast Fibre has delivered its high-speed fibre broadband network in less than two and a half years, which it believes will transform the local telecommunications market.
"End users in Cambridge, Tokoroa and Hawera now have access to UFB through a number of providers, including both experienced national players and trusted local businesses," Hamilton adds.
Hawera computer company, 4U Computer Solutions, was one of the first businesses in the South Taranaki town to have UFB installed with owner Tobi Hipp claiming it has changed the way the company operates.
"We regularly need to download large software files for our business, and UFB allows us to do this quickly and efficiently with consistent coverage; it’s a vast improvement on ADSL," Hipp adds.
"We enjoy the lifestyle of living in a smaller centre and with UFB we can run our business just as well as if we were in a major city."
Ultrafast Fibre builds, owns and operates the UFB fibre networks in Te Awamutu, Hamilton, Cambridge, Tauranga, Tokoroa, Whanganui, New Plymouth and Hawera.