Vodafone New Zealand has announced plans to upgrade its cable networks in Wellington and Christchurch to DOCSIS 3.1 technology to provide gigabit download speeds. The NZD22 million (USD15 million) project will see the first customers gaining access to the new ultra-high speed services in mid-2016. Equipment for the rollout is being provided by Huawei. Vodafone CEO Russell Stanners says: ‘Upon completion of the upgrade, every premise within reach of the network will have access to 1Gbps plans at affordable prices.’ Vodafone’s ultra-fast broadband network footprint in Wellington covers all of the central business district (CBD) and surrounding suburbs, including the Kapiti coastal region, while in Christchurch the network covers the CBD and surrounding suburbs. The firm inherited the cable systems when it acquired TelstraClear in 2012.