The fibre network
As one of the largest infrastructure projects in New Zealand the UFB (Ultra-Fast Broadband) initiative has been a game changer for this country.
Beginning in 2011 nearly 30,000km of fibre optic cabling has been laid to date and 87% of the population will have access to fibre broadband by 2022.
There’s still a portion of the country however who were not included in the Government’s UFB initiative. The good news is Chorus is still able to extend its fibre network to reach individual homes, businesses, farms and communities in areas not covered by the Government sponsored programme.
Please note though, as much as we'd love to build fibre to every address in New Zealand, there may occasionally be locations we won't be able to connect due to topographical or legal access restrictions.
Enjoy the fibre difference
Fibre makes a huge difference to home and business life, particularly in rural areas. It offers far greater speed and capacity than ADSL and VDSL (fixed line broadband delivered over the existing copper network). And none of the reliability issues sometimes associated with fixed wireless connections (broadband delivered via radiowaves over the mobile phone networks).
Here are a few examples of customers Chorus can help:
Home and lifestyle
Just because you’ve chosen to move to the country or a more remote location for lifestyle reasons, doesn’t mean you have to give up the quality internet access you’re used to in the city. We can connect individual homes, be it a lifestyle block or a small cluster of houses, allowing multiple users to happily stream TV, download games while connecting smart devices in the home.
We can connect home-based businesses as well as business premises. Fibre will greatly improve a business’s ability to communicate through video-conference apps like Zoom as well as make its cloud software run more smoothly.
We can connect rural businesses with fibre, which helps them maximise the benefits of their connected systems. Whether that’s software that runs irrigation systems, automation in cowsheds, or enabling a business model that offers consumers the full paddock to plate experience, and fibre isn't affected by electric fences!
We can provide a quote to connect a single premise, a group of neighbours or your whole community. Each home will enjoy consistently fast speeds, even during peak usage times. So, if you can, why not get your neighbours together and share the cost of upgrading your connection.
Fibre availability timeline
The publicly funded UFB programme isn’t due to be completed until 2022 and even at full build-out, fibre will not be available to all parts of New Zealand.
To help you decide on whether to wait or not, go to our fibre availability map.
Whatever work or life stage you are at, if you value good connectivity but can’t currently get fibre - Chorus can help. Here are the steps you need to take to find out how to get connected:
Check to see if fibre is available or planned where you are.
Contact your provider
If it isn’t, choose a provider and ask them to estimate the cost of fibre connection. If you are offered an alternative, such as fixed wireless broadband via the mobile network, be aware that you will not enjoy the same speed and reliability that fibre offers.
Receive an estimate /agree
If you are happy with the estimated fibre connection price, you will then be provided with a more detailed fixed quote.
If you choose to proceed, Chorus or a local service provider will connect you to the fibre network.