Wholesale fixed line provider Chorus has announced that it has completed the first phase of New Zealand’s Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) programme on time and on budget. The initial stage of the UFB programme has taken nine years to complete and connected 28 towns and cities through the installation of 28,000km of cabling. Chorus is now working on phase two (UFB2 and UFB2+), which will extend the fibre broadband network to around 300 additional communities.
Chorus highlighted that uptake of fibre broadband services over the UFB network is currently above 55%, far higher than the contractual target of 20% established prior to the rollout. The company also noted that the average connection speed is now 125Mbps compared with 10Mbps in 2011, while average internet data usage has risen from 12GB a month to 297GB over the same period. The number of customers subscribing to gigabit connections is also growing rapidly and currently stands at almost 70,000.