Chorus, the wholesale business arm spun off from Telecom New Zealand in November 2011, has confirmed its deployment plans for year four and year five of the government-backed Ultra Fast Broadband (UFB) initiative. The period spanning July 2014 to June 2016 will see Chorus begin work in the last of its 24 candidate areas and Waiheke Island in Auckland, as well as finishing work in nine other provincial towns and cities. These are Blenheim, Ashburton, Timaru and Oamaru by the end of June 2015 and Waiuku, Rotorua, Taupo, Greymouth and Queenstown by the end of June 2016.
Ed Beattie, general manager of Chorus’ Infrastructure Build department, commented: ‘Years’ four and five of our build will see Chorus deploy fibre to over 250,000 New Zealand homes, schools, medical centres and businesses. This will bring the number of customers in Chorus areas who are able to connect to UFB to more than half a million. We plan to have completed around 57% of our UFB coverage target by June 2016’.
Going forward, by the end of 2019, Chorus notes that it will have extended the reach of its existing 29,000km fibre network to provide UFB connectivity to more than 830,000 urban homes, businesses, schools, hospitals and medical facilities throughout New Zealand.