Feilding's laying way for speedy broadband

SANDRA CROSBIE
Last updated 12:00 06/02/2014

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Ultra-fast broadband will be available in Feilding in June, but some people will have to wait longer for it - possibly a couple of years.

However, those near a school, medical facility or other targeted priority areas are in luck.

Preparatory work has started around the town with the main microducting being laid, buried and connected to a common boundary.

Chorus industry and communications manager Gerard Linstrom said that in June the company would be able to announce which streets would initially be connected.

"Just because there is digging outside your front door doesn't necessarily mean you are to get it straight away.

"Predominantly, a drilling machine is being used to drill underground, with the cables being pulled through. This eliminates the need to dig big trenches. The duct in each street is connected to the nearest fibre cabinet or fibre terminal and then it is connected with the Feilding exchange."

Before the new network is available for use it will be tested. When an address has been announced as being ready for use, the property owner or occupier can contact their internet service provider to order the service.

Chorus will then complete the connection from the boundary to the property. There is no cost for this connection because it is covered by Chorus's contract with Crown Fibre Holdings.

Chorus has been working with the Manawatu District Council on plans to start work in the central business district. Mr Linstrom said negotiations and traffic plans had nearly been finalised.

"It is anticipated that the service in the CBD will be available in June this year."

Ultra-fast broadband increases the speed at which data travels.

"People will start using more bandwidth, because they can. Multiple users of internet-connected equipment can all be used at the same time."

Mr Linstrom also thought more businesses would consider having staff work from home. Small businesses would benefit from having the faster bandwidth.

See chorus.co.nz/maps for more information on the predicted dates streets are being connected.

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- Manawatu Standard

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