Chorus confirms network ready to support full HD streaming of Rugby World Cup

Wednesday 12 June 2019 | 11:13 CET | News
New Zealand operator Chorus has confirmed its network is ready to support the streaming of the tournament in full HD for New Zealanders. Chorus says its preparations allow for a 44 percent increase in traffic over the tournament period, the equivalent of bringing forward two years of network capacity growth. 

According to Chorus' chief customer officer Ed Hyde, ‘allowing two hours of viewing per game means New Zealand customers could use 6GB of data on top of what they normally use.

In addition, Chorus’ work with the retail broadband providers has seen more than 2Tbps of handover capacity added to its network. This is designed to allow for an additional 400,000 simultaneous full HD video streams ensuring traffic can flow between Chorus and the broadband retailers’ networks, the operator said.

At just 100 days out from the opening match in Japan, Chorus is inviting customers to acquire a home connection to fibre or VDSL. “There are a limited number of homes we can connect to fibre in the weeks before the tournament and we’re encouraging Kiwis to get in quick so that they can get the best possible viewing experience”, the comapnu also said. Chorus estimates that there are now fewer than 50,000 fibre connections left before the opening game on 20 September, having connected nearly 40,000 homes since March.


Also to support live coverage of the Rugby World Cup, Chorus has recently launched its fibre in a day initiative. The operator announced that more than 400,000 homes and businesses that need a fibre line can now get connected with just one visit and in a matter of hours.

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Categories: Fixed
Companies: Chorus
Countries: New Zealand
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