Wellington cable locations revealed

03:25, Sep 28 2012

Chorus has agreed with the Government where it will lay fibre-optic cable in the third year of its ultrafast broadband roll-out, between July next year and June 2014.

The schedule will see it start work in eight new towns and regions; Waiuku, Pukekohe, Gisborne, Feilding, Levin, Kapiti, Upper Hutt and Greymouth, while it will also build out the network in many other cities and towns where work is already underway.

Network manager Chris Dyhrberg said Chorus and privately-owned FX Networks had also begun laying 190 kilometres of fibre around Gisbourne and the East Cape in a $12.4m project partly funded through the $300m Rural Broadband Initiative.

The cable, which will put 16 schools within reach of ultrafast broadband, is due to be completed in July.

In the Wellington region, the agreed work includes connecting some of the central business district, parts of Lower Hutt, Gracefield, Silverstream and Upper Hutt and parts of Tawa, Cannons Creek, Waitangirua, Whitby, Paramate and Plimmerton, as well as some of northern Masterton.

Chorus does not have the contract to build the network in Christchurch after losing out there to council-owned Enable.

Chorus said it had 240 fibre crews out UFB building the network and 62,000 customers could already connect. 

In Auckland, the third-year UFB agreement will see work carried out in some areas in Pinehill, Northcross, Rothesay Bay, Browns Bay, Rosedale, Sunnynook, Forest Hill, Milford, Northcote, Birkenhead, Chatswood, Beach Haven, Auckland's central business district, Newton, New Lynn, Glen Eden, Henderson, Onehunga, Mangere and Mangere East, Papatoetoe and East Tamaki.