New Zealand’s open-access fixed line telecoms provider Chorus has announced that it plans to stage a 10Gbps fibre broadband trial next month, using Nokia’s XGS-PON solution. Four broadband retailers – 2degrees, Kordia, Stuff Fibre and Trustpower – have signed up for the trial service, which will be available in selected areas of Auckland and Wellington, initially for 30 residential customers.
Ed Hyde, the chief customer officer at Chorus, commented: ‘In the last eight years New Zealand has seen a meteoric progression in broadband capability. In 2011 the average broadband speed was just 10Mbps or so. When Chorus’ fibre plans first launched in 2012 the top speed then available was 100Mbps. We were then the first to make gigabit fibre broadband available in 2014 and today this is the fastest growing plan on our network with more than 44,000 customers.’