Thursday, 03 December 2020

WHITIANGA WEATHER

Fibre is finally ready to roll in Whitianga

Postcards should be hitting the mailboxes of Whitianga residents in the coming days with the long-awaited arrival of ultrafast broadband (UFB) finally here.

A spokesperson for Chorus said work on the fibre network installation programme was complete and the company anticipated that connection to the new network would be available through internet providers from early this month.

The mail drop will advise those who are keen to upgrade to fibre what to do next. For most residential customers who have fibre on their street, standard installation is free of charge. The process involves connecting their property to the network via a cable, installing an external termination point on the exterior of the property, installing an optical network terminal inside the property and usually connecting the internet provider’s modem. The monthly cost of delivering UFB will, however, vary between providers in the same way as any other internet service.

Those living outside the neighbourhood areas covered by the fibre network can still be connected to UFB, but this will be at their own cost. Residents in Whitianga and elsewhere on the Coromandel Peninsula can check if their home can be connected by entering their address at the property checker on the Chorus website, www.chorus.co.nz/tools-support/broadband-tools/broadband-checker.

Chorus has confirmed work will continue on the roll out of UFB on the Coromandel as scheduled. Matarangi is also due to be completed this year, Ferry Landing and Cooks Beach by mid-2021 and Tairua and Pauanui in the first half of 2022.

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