Chorus extends introductory fibre trial for RSPs until December

Question over who will pay for 'non-standard' installations yet to be determined

Chorus has extended its free introductory trial to retail service providers signing up to the Ultra Fast Broadband network until December 14. Originally the offer was to end on July 1.

Chorus is partnering with the government for around 70 percent of the national build of the UFB network. Under its agreement with Crown Fibre Holdings, the agency overseeing the project, Chorus must pay the “standard installation costs”. This is defined as:

• 15 metres of buried cable from the property boundary; or

• One span of overhead fibre cable from an existing pole; or

• 100 metres of fibre cable in an existing pipe or new pipe in a provided trench; or

• 5 metres of internal fibre cable from the point where the lead-in enters the premises (external termination point).

Who will pay the cost if a house is located further than 15 metres from the curb – Chorus and/or the RSP – has yet to be determined. Chorus spokesperson Robin Kelly was unable to tell Computerworld what percentage of houses fall into this “non-standard” category.

The arrangement with Chorus regarding installation costs is different to the Local Fibre Company in central North Island. In those areas Ultra Fast Fibre bears the entire cost of the build regardless of how far from the curb a house is located.

“While discussions on the details of the final fibre installation approach are on-going, Chorus has extended its introductory offer for residential customers to the end of the year to provide Retail Service Providers (RSP) the certainty they need to offer fibre services,” says Kelly in an email Computerworld.

“Chorus wants to work together with RSPs to connect customers to the UFB network, so it can continue to learn and gain more insights in the development of a great fibre installation experience.”

Kelly says Chorus has to date signed over a dozen RSPs.

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