Ultra-fast broadband coming to Thames
Thames is the first cab off the rank for ultra-fast broadband, with the CBD area now ready to connect to the new Chorus fibre network.
Internet users in this area should be receiving information from their service provider offering an upgrade to fast broadband delivered over fibre, instead of the slower copper telephone line.
The work is part of the Government's Ultra-Fast Broadband programme, to install fibre to the premises of 87 percent of New Zealanders by the end of 2022.
Fibre provides a reliable, consistent experience even at the busiest time of day. With a dedicated line, it isn’t just about getting things done online much faster. It’s about multiple people being able to do everything they like online, all at the same time.
Chorus Network Strategy Manager Kurt Rogers says: “UFB has the potential to transform New Zealand’s economy, our communities, and the way we connect to the rest of the world, so we are really looking forward to seeing how the Thames community can take advantage of having world-class connectivity right on their doorstep."
While Chorus provides the technology, it does not sell broadband plans directly and instead works with phone and broadband service providers to get people connected.
Once Chorus has built the fibre network down the street, orders for a fibre connection can be placed with a chosen broadband provider. The broadband provider then guides people through ordering, installation and their monthly plans and charges, as well as any other costs that may apply. The broadband providers process the order and send it to Chorus to carry out the connection and installation work.
The build for all of Thames is due to be completed by June 2018.