Chorus, the wholesale business arm spun off from Telecom New Zealand in November 2011, has revealed plans to stage a competition that will offer one town 1Gbps broadband connectivity. Although spokesman Ian Bonnar told the New Zealand Business Review that the finer details of the project are ‘still being nailed down’ and discussed with local councils, only towns included in Chorus’s ongoing Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) initiative will be eligible for the plan. The eventual 1Gbps service is likely to be priced at around NZD70 (USD55) per month.
TeleGeography notes that the project echoes Google Fiber, the US initiative which saw an experimental 1Gbps fibre-optic broadband network rolled out in Kansas City last year. Kansas City was declared the winner of search engine giant Google’s contest on 30 March 2011, defeating more than 1,100 locations in the process.