New Zealand-based wholesale operator Chorus has announced that it has reached an agreement with Crown Fibre Holdings to deploy Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) connectivity to a further 200,000 customers in 169 areas across New Zealand. The extension covers Taipa-Mangonui in Northland down to Bluff in Southland, and is expected to increase the company’s UFB subscriber base beyond its current 1.1 million figure.
Chorus CEO Mark Ratcliffe commented: ‘Fibre is undoubtedly the future of broadband. In the five-and-a-half years that we’ve been building the UFB network and connecting homes and businesses to fibre we’ve seen a huge upsurge in demand. We’re particularly pleased to see many of the towns and areas soon to benefit from fibre are within the government’s Regional Growth Programme, helping to increase jobs, income and investment in regional New Zealand.’ The second phase of Chorus’ UFB rollout is due to begin in July 2017 and will be completed by December 2024.