Chorus ends 2021 with 918,000 fibre connections

21 Jan 2022

New Zealand wholesale fixed line provider Chorus has reported it added 24,000 new fibre connections in the second quarter of its FY22, ending December 2021 with a total of 918,000 fibre accesses. Fibre uptake across its completed Ultrafast Fibre Broadband (UFB) footprint as a whole rose from 66% to 67%, with the rate reaching 72% in UFB1 areas (up one percentage point on the previous quarter) and 46% in UFB2 zones (up two pp). The company’s fibre deployment was recently completed in Mahurangi, Russell, Duvauchelle and Fairlie.

Total broadband connections increased by 4,000 to end the quarter at 1.187 million, while strong demand for high quality broadband saw uptake of 1Gbps accesses grow to 23% of mass market fibre connections. Copper broadband and voice connections, meanwhile, declined by 30,000 over the same period, including 10,000 voice-only disconnections. As a result, the company’s total fixed line connections fell by 6,000 during the quarter, ending December 2021 at 1.325 million. Average monthly data usage fell from 539GB in September to 479GB in December due to the end of COVID-19 lockdowns and the start of the summer holiday period, the company noted.

New Zealand, Chorus (New Zealand)