Northpower's UFB ahead of schedule, says chairperson

Northpower Fibre's UFB is now passing through more the 3700 premises, months after the company undertook the first deployment

Northpower Fibre’s UFB network is ahead of schedule, according to fibre chairperson Jo Brosnahan, with fibre passing through more than 3700 premises in Whangarei.

Northpower is an electricity lines company based in Northland, with branches across the North Island, and in Melbourne and Perth. It is constructing an UFB network in partnership with Crown Fibre Holdings and interested regional parties including local government, retail service providers, educational institutes, and the Northland Chamber of Commerce.

According to the company, the bulk of the work began in April of this year and they are ahead of schedule by two weeks.

The company says its fibre network will pass through more than 18,000 educational, healthcare, business and residential premises by June 2014.

“Our aim has always been to complete a substantial number of premises before we embark on a concerted connection effort in conjunction with the retail services providers contracted to operate on our network,” says Brosnahan.

She says Northpower is now putting in the electronics required to handle the larger numbers of premises on its network next year.

Brosnahan says she anticipates a rise in uptake in UFB services in Whangarei in the next three years, and sees the value in fibre becoming more visible then.

“Our focus is on making the most of this opportunity because fibre is the future and it will be invaluable for the local economy.”

Northpower technicians have constructed several kilometres of aerial fibre and underground ducting since their first deployment in Manaia View School in December 2010.

“Fibre will be truly transformational for Whangarei. It will put people in contact with the rest of the world by providing an instant and reliable communications platform. That will provide immense opportunities for our community,” says Brosnahan.

“One has only to visit Manaia View School to see what those opportunities can do for our children. This will be one of the first New Zealand communities to fully benefit from a fibre network.”

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