news New Zealand telco Chorus is to extend its 1Gbps residential and small-to-medium business fibre broadband service across its entire ultra-fast broadband (UFB) footprint from 1 October.
The gigabit broadband service will run at the “maximum speed the network electronics allows today”. In practice, this will provide customers with download speeds between 900Mbps and 970Mbps and upload speeds of up to 500Mbps, according to the firm.
This is the equivalent to downloading 25 MP3 files in a second or streaming ultra-HD movies to 40 different devices simultaneously, it added.
Currently, the average download speed across Chorus’ networks is 30.5Mbps.
The residential wholesale gigabit broadband service will be available to broadband retailers at an introductory price of $60 per month until 30 June 2017, at which time it will increase to $65 per month.
The business service will be priced at $75 per month from launch. Existing fibre customers looking to upgrade to a gigabit plan will not require a Chorus technician to visit their home.
The telco’s UFB service currently reaches cities such as Auckland, Wellington and Dunedin. A full map is available on the company’s website.
Chorus led the introduction of gigabit services in New Zealand, launching the service in Dunedin in February of last year.
The moved proved “both the demand and the technical viability” of gigabit broadband, Chorus said.
The company has long had national gigabit broadband services on its product roadmap and from October will make them available on any UFB connection.
“We are delighted that other fibre providers have joined Chorus in championing gigabit residential and business services,” said Mark Ratcliffe, Chorus CEO.
“Making New Zealand a true ‘Gignation’, beyond the 5,000-plus connections we have in Dunedin, should see us catapulted up the league tables of broadband speed rankings and reinforce the high quality of the broadband infrastructure we’re rolling out,” he said.
Chorus added that it is working with Crown Fibre Holdings for approval of the gigabit service pricing. If approval is not obtained by the end of September, the firm will launch the service on a trial basis.