Chorus cabinet rollout reaches 3,000 mark

More than 80 percent of 3,600 cabinets now installed

Chorus has announced that it is now more than 80 percent of the way through its roadside cabinet rollout, with the 3,000 mark, out of a total of 3,600 cabinets to be deployed, reached.

The cabinets will provide fibre access to urban customers who aren’t close enough to their local exchange to get high-speed broadband. A minimum of 10 Mbps is promised.

In a statement from Chorus announcing the 3,000 cabinet milestone, CEO Mark Ratcliffe says: “Within the next few months, Nelson, Tauranga, Whakatane, Porirua, Ashburton and Timaru will join the list of towns where we’ve completed our cabinet upgrades, with all remaining areas to be completed before the end of the year.”

In the statement, Chorus pays tribute to Christchurch manufacturers Shape Technology and Eaton Electrical, which continued making cabinets despite the earthquakes.

Approximately 750,000 customers will be connected to Chorus’ cabinets by the end of this year.

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