Telecom completed its fibre-to-the-home installation in the recession-hit housing development of Flat Bush, in Manukau, says a spokesman, so the development’s problems, which emerged in the media last week, will have no impact on the project.
Planning for Flat Bush began in 1997 and the contract for its construction was signed in 2007. It envisaged a town with a population of 40,000 by 2012. The economic recession has led the developers to scale back plans for some public amenities.
FTTH was also going in at another recession-hit development at Kensington Park in Orewa. There Telecom has installed fibre to the initial group of sections – about 150 properties.
“We’ve taken the unused cable off the site and development now stops,” says spokesman Ian Bonnar. “We’ll go back and complete it if development ever does kick-off again.”
There are several other sites taking part in Telecom’s fibre-to-the-home trial and these are all going ahead as at mid-last week, he says.