Working on bringing ultra-fast broadband to Nelson homes and businesses are from left; Paul Heath of Adcock and Donaldson, Steve Lovell of Transfield Services and Darryl Shadbolt of Adcock and Donaldson. Photo: Andrew Board.
Working on bring the first stage of ultra-fast broadband to Nelson homes and businesses in 2012 was Paul Heath of Adcock and Donaldson, Steve Lovell of Transfield Services and Darryl Shadbolt of Adcock and Donaldson. Photo: Andrew Board.

Ultra-fast broadband on its way

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One of Nelson’s oldest streets was one of the first to have ultra-fast broadband fibre installed last week with another 20,000 premises to be hooked up over the next year.

Last Thursday Chorus, along with the government, announced its roll out of ultra-fast broadband to the region. A network of 150km of fibre cable is already available for businesses in the Nelson CBD but the latest announcement will see it go into four new schools, businesses and homes around the region.

Nelson mayor Aldo Miccio says the announcement is exciting for the region and will further bring Nelson closer to the rest of the world.

“This is great news for Nelson and great news for Richmond. It will make us a more effective and productive region in a more effective and productive country,” he says.

The rollout is part of the government’s $1.35 billion investment in high-speed broadband nationwide. The new speed will allow speeds of 100 megabytes per second, from around the standard three mega-bytes per second currently.

Communications and information technology minister Amy Adams was on hand to announce the rollout and says that by July next year around 6000 businesses, medical premises and households in the two regions will be covered by the network, as well as four schools. “High-speed broadband will mean more students at Nelson and Richmond schools will be able to share resources like physics and IT teachers. Students will be able to take part in virtual classrooms and courses that might not be available at their own schools. They could even learn French from a teacher in Paris.”

Local firms Transfield Services and Adcock and Donaldson are working on installing the new fibre cables.