New Zealand wholesale fixed line provider Chorus has announced that the final leg of a 250km infrastructure project to provide the West Coast with an upgraded and more resilient telecommunications network is complete. Government funding from Crown Infrastructure Partners (CIP) has enabled Chorus and the Rural Connectivity Group (RCG) to provide connectivity to one of the country’s remotest regions, ending its reliance on two fibre-optic cables which left towns south of Greymouth vulnerable to outages during severe weather events. With its subcontractors Ventia and Electronet, Chorus laid 250km of fibre between Fox Glacier and Haast and then through to Lake Hawea as part of the project.
Commenting on the new link, Andrew Carroll, Chorus General Manager, Customer and Network Operations, said: ‘The new diversity in Chorus’ network will provide additional peace of mind against future network damaging weather events on the West Coast. We are incredibly proud to have this vital piece of infrastructure completed for the West Coast.’
The West Coast fibre build also enables the RCG – a joint venture between New Zealand mobile network operators (MNOs) Spark, Vodafone and 2degrees – to deploy 16 new mobile cell sites with robust fibre backhaul providing resilience across the region. These new sites, in addition to the 26 already operational on the West Coast, will provide residents and visitors to the area with access to 4G mobile services in their homes and coverage of 14 tourist locations and 130km of state highways.