Chorus and Crown Fibre Holdings have officially started the rollout of the ultra-fast broadband (UFB) network in the South Island by deploying new network infrastructure in Blenheim.
A statement from Chorus announcing the start notes: "Over the next ten months, this massive programme of work will see the new UFB network deployed across central Blenheim and Springlands. In addition, Chorus’ existing business fibre network is being made available at UFB prices."
In the statement, Chorus CEO Mark Ratcliffe said the new ultra-fast broadband network will pass some 3,000 Blenheim homes, schools, health facilities and businesses by July next year.
“Today we’ve taken the first step towards Blenheim’s fibre future and we’re eager to work with partners, local council and community groups to extend our network to more suburbs in the coming year,” said Ratcliffe.
”It’s great to see the deployment of UFB commencing in Blenheim,” says Crown Fibre Holdings CEO Graham Mitchell in the statement.
“A transformation in New Zealand telecommunications infrastructure has well and truly begun. We look forward to seeing it reflected in new retail products and services," Mitchell says.
In line with Government policy, fibre will be delivered first to priority customers, which includes schools, health facilities and businesses, the Chorus statement says.
It continues: "Chorus is working with a range of retail service providers to assist them in developing new fibre-based services. This will enable Blenheim residents to connect to a service using ultra-fast broadband in 2012.
"This means many businesses can begin to connect to Chorus’ existing fibre services ahead of the UFB network deployment."
Chorus has already begun the UFB network rollout in Auckland and the Greater Wellington region (including Masterton) and work is due to start in Ashburton, Dunedin, Napier, Palmerston North, Rotorua and Taupo within the next five months.
UFB deployment plans for Feilding, Gisborne, Hastings, Greymouth, Invercargill, Kapiti, Levin, Nelson, Oamaru, Pukekohe, Queenstown, Timaru, Waiheke Island, Waiuku and Whakatane are still being developed.