Fast internet work to start

Apr 10th, 2018 | By | Category: Hot Topics, Latest News
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Ultra fast broadband is set to be delivered to Tamahere and Matangi with work scheduled to start next month.

Ultrafast Fibre, the company bringing fast broadband to the area under the government’s broadband scheme, said today work was scheduled to start in May.

Under the rollout scheme, the capital cost of installing the fibre road by road is underwritten by the government allowing individual customers to simply sign up with broadband service providers at no more cost than their urban counterparts.

UFF Chief Executive William Hamilton said there had been a lot of anticipation in smaller communities about the arrival of fibre, so seeing work get underway was great to see.

“Currently with a standard residential connection being free of charge, we are hoping to encourage as many members of our new communities as possible to access the benefits of this great technology.”

Tamahere councillor Aksel Bech said last August that for most Tamahere and Matangi households there would be no extra installation costs.

Fibre would, in the case of most households, be offered to the house rather than to the gate, he said.

That meant residents would be able to talk to the various retailers such as Vodafone, Spark, 2 Degrees, and Slingshot and be able to sign up for whatever ultrafast contracts best suited their household’s needs.

Ultra fast fibre downloads speeds are of the order of several hundred megabytes per second compared to the two to 20 megabytes per second many locals experience now.

Households and businesses can get further information at www.fibreiscoming.co.nz which provides a list of towns and approximate start dates under the scheme, known as UFB2 and UFB2+.

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