Chorus debuts 2Gbps and 4Gbps fibre services

2Gbps, 4Gbps services to be available in Queenstown, Wanaka, Cromwell and Wakatipu

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Chorus has named Queenstown, Wanaka, Cromwell and Wakatipu as the first four New Zealand towns that will get its Hyperfibre 2Gbps and 4Gbps XGS-PON based fibre broadband service, with Vocus subsidiary Orcon being the first broadband retailer to offer the service.

The service will be available in Wellington in March and nationwide rollout will begin in September. People can register their interest and receive updates on the availability of the service at www.chorus.co.nz/hyperfibre

Chorus announced plans for Hyperfibre last November saying it would initially offer symmetrical bandwidths of 2Mbps and 4Mbps and, later 8Mbps. It announced plans for XGS-PON trials in February 2019 at up to 10Gbps.

Chorus said it was launching Hyperfibre is in response to the rise of 4K video streaming, cloud storage, advanced gaming, multiple connected devices and more people wanting to work remotely, that increased the need for broadband speed, capacity and low latency.

“Hyperfibre has the potential to transform businesses, particularly those using high performance software applications that depend on real-time communication and ultra-high-resolution image,” the company said.

Chorus chief customer officer Ed Hyde said the four towns in which Hyperfibre wil debut were home to many entrepreneurial businesses in the creative arts and tourism sectors: industries that will benefit from the high speed symmetrical services.

"We’re already hearing how Hyperfibre is enabling local businesses to more rapidly enter markets around the world and reporting large file transfers, up to 1TB, taking under 20 minutes as opposed to half a day.”

Do Kiwis really need Hyperfibre?

Orcon anticipated the launch of Hyperfibre in December with its own announcement of plans for a 4Gbps service under the name Fibre 4000, but said it had no idea why people would need it.

Taryn Hamilton, consumer and business chief executive of Orcon’s parent company, Vocus, said company staff had been trialling the service but had struggled to make the most of the speed and throughput. 

“This tech is actually ahead of any real consumer need, but history tells us that people will find a way to use it – just as they have with Gigabit technology,” he said.

Ultrafast fibre access made easier

The government has introduced a bill that would require landlords to permit and facilitate the installation of Ultrafast Broadband, subject to specific triggers and exemptions.

Associate Minister of Housing (Public Housing) Kris Faafoi said the reforms in the bill would improve the wellbeing of the 609,700 households that live in rented homes, and provide a balance between the rights and responsibilities of both tenants and landlords.

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