Fibre broadband reaches halfway mark


Fibre is continuing to be rolled out to Nelson homes and businesses and Chorus says it is making good progress with 50 per cent of the project complete.

Latest figures show more than 13,500 households, businesses, schools and health facilities are now able to access UFB in Nelson although only 1300 of these premises have connected to UFB service.

“It’s great to see so many people in Nelson are already enjoying the benefits of UFB,” Chorus General Manager of Infrastructure Ed Beattie says.

He says a number of Nelson businesses are utilising the new network.

“We’re already starting to see some of these benefits in Nelson. Businesses already connected to fibre are experiencing seamless cloud computing, they’re sending large images and files, conducting meetings over smooth HD video conferencing and hosting multiple users and devices, all on the same Internet connection.”

Ed says with the rapid rise of online TV, high definition movies and gaming. UFB allows multiple users in a home to be connected to different devices, and streaming content all at once.

TrueNet Broadband performance expert, John Butt says the uptake of these online TV services, such as Netflix, may be the cause of a slowdown in the region that is noticeable on the older network technologies; standard copper cable ADSL broadband and VDSL.

He also says he is concerned to see some congestion appearing on the UFB network in places although says this is down to some of the older exchange hardware rather than the cable itself and is not enough to be causing noticeable slowdowns on the new network.

Around 70 per cent of the UFB network in New Zealand is being built by Chorus in a public-private partnership with the Government.

Chorus has 24 areas around New Zealand where it is deploying the UFB network. All up, Chorus’ UFB network will run past more than 830,000 homes, businesses, schools and health facilities throughout the country by the end of 2019.

Find out what broadband services are available at your property on the Chorus website.