New Zealand's UFB rollout covers 363,109 premises

Wednesday 12 February 2014 | 23:17 CET | News
More than a quarter of the New Zealand government's Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) project has been completed. ICT Minister Amy Adams has released the latest quarterly report for the project, which shows that a further 40,630 premises were connected to fibre in the December quarter. This brings the total number premises passed to 363,109, meaning 27 percent of the project has been completed. Over the last quarter, the number of customers signing up to a service under the UFB programme has jumped by about 40 percent, taking the total number to 19,915. Under the Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI),

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Categories: Internet
Companies: Vodafone
Countries: New Zealand
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I live in the heart of Takapuna and moved to a new premises as the previous one I was at had a body corp that didn't understand the consent documents so didn't do anything therefore consent was never granted to put the fibre down the existing trunking in the shared driveway. I contacted Chorus direct to make sure the fibre was under way at the new premises I was moving to before I signed the lease and I got an affirmative answer that it was in and ready to be installed to the house. A date was set in December 2013 for installation, people lined up to be onsite. Ask me how my fibre connection is running, I dare you! Its February now and I've taken up the role of chief bullshyte listener while I'm being fed many excuses as to why I'm still not connected. Telecom Business Critical National Emergency Sub Nuclear Support advised me they have two people on a roster that deal with the connection issues for the entire country. Yes 2. I even asked the operator to repeat it several times. They (Telecom) contact their contractor (Chorus) who then contacts their contractor (Visionstream) and it takes one week between replies. Although Telecom states they will get a response from Chorus within four hours, the two people handling the support are working their way through a list and only deal with your issue / ticket once per week. The technician that came to install the "temporary" ADSL connection which gets around 5.5MB download speed showed me the Fibre cable outside my gate not less than 30cm from my garage which is attached to the house... This was 6 weeks ago. I can see it, I can touch it, I can smell it and I want to pay for it. Sure I'll even pay extra to have it installed, I'm not looking for any freebies, I want to use it therefore I should pay for it - no problems there. The last email I received from Telecom which included the words "Great News". Step one has been completed by our contractors and they are up to Step 2 ... but ... they couldn't give an estimated time of install as their contractor was waiting on parts to arrive !!! I'm only guessing that when someone wants Fibre installed the contractor has to order parts from another country and they only bring in one at a time which would explain the nearly 3 month timeline to NOT get fibre installed. I run a small but busy IT company and we've got by on ADSL, especially after having 5 years of broken promises of a wonderful new product called VDSL - ah the elusive VDSL. I received all the wond
Frustrated Fibre Fool @ 13/2/2014 - 06:21

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