UFB roll-out continues


The rollout of ultra-fast broadband (UFB) in wider Queenstown should be complete next June, but the take-up rate remains low.

Installation of fibre is 82 per cent complete and 5351 homes, schools and businesses in the area can now connect to UFB services.

Chorus spokesman Nathan Beaumont says the company is ahead of schedule and could finish a month or two ahead of its June 2016 target.

The telecommunications infrastructure company completed installing the fibre network in central Queenstown and Frankton in 2014.

The focus of the installation programme is now onPeninsula Rd, Frankton Rd and the Fernhill-Sunshine Bay areas.

Ducting for UFB has been completed at the area’s schools, with the majority having already connected.

Beaumont says the company’s latest take-up figures were several months old but showed more than 360 premises – about 8 per cent of those connected – had signed up to receive a UFB service.

Updated take-up figures would be released at the end of the month.

The Government has set a target of taking UFB to 80 per cent of New Zealanders. Nationally, uptake is 14.6 per cent.

Arrowtown School and Glenorchy School are covered by the Government’s rural broadband initiative (RBI) and have already connected.

Vodafone carried out upgrades of cell towers in Queenstown-Frankton, Wanaka, Glenorchy and Arrowtown last year as part of the RBI programme, bringing high-speed wireless broadband to nearly 2700 addresses in the district.

– Otago Daily Times