Chorus rolling out fibre to 693 more schools

Speeds of up to 100 mbps available for majority of schools from 2014, says Chorus

Chorus awill be rolling out ultra-fast broadband to 693 more schools next year, as a part of its second year of installation of UFB in schools, the company has announced.

Around 500 of the schools will be getting access as a result of the UFB rollout, while the rest are included in the rural broadband initiative (RBI), says Chorus.

A Chorus spokeswoman says download speeds of up to 100 mbps will be available to both groups, although it will be up to each individual school to decide what speeds they will purchase from their ISPs.

As a part of its RBI commitments, Chorus will deploy around 3,100 km of new fibre to 93 percent of all rural schools by the end of 2015.

More than 410,000 students from over 1500 schools are expected to have access to UFB services by July next year, according to the Ministry of Education.

Chorus says if it continues its roll out at the same pace, it expects to get fibre to the majority of New Zealand schools by June 2014.

Chorus says the schools involved are across all areas of New Zealand, a full list of both groups can be downloaded below:

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