New Zealand wholesale network operator Chorus has announced that it will extend its 1Gbps residential fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) service nationwide next month. From 1 October the entire footprint of the Chorus Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) fibre network will be offering gigabit services. Chorus introduced its first 1Gbps product in Dunedin in February 2015 and now claims around 5,000 gigabit connections in the city.
Chorus’ residential wholesale gigabit broadband service will be available to broadband retailers at an introductory price of NZD60 (USD40.75) per month until 30 June 2017, after which it increases to NZD65 per month. The business service will be priced at NZD75 per month from launch. The firm says customers should be able to achieve real-world download speeds of around 900Mbps, with upload speeds of up to 500Mbps. Chorus is one of four firms rolling out UFB fibre networks across New Zealand; it then provides connectivity to retail service providers on a wholesale basis. At the end of June 2016 it said its UFB rollout was 57% complete, while its separate Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI) wireless network deployment was fully completed.