Ultra-fast broadband rolling out through Blenheim

KAT PICKFORD
Last updated 07:34 03/10/2012

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The western areas of Redwoodtown and Riversdale, and the southern end of Springlands will have access to ultra-fast broadband by June 2014, says Chorus.

The company building the Government's ultra-fast broadband network confirmed on Monday the Blenheim areas where they will be rolling out fibre to in the third year of the project. They will start in July.

External media manager Robin Kelly said, although slightly behind target, Blenheim's ultra-fast broadband network is well advanced compared to other regions, such as Nelson where Chorus only started work in August.

Chorus started building the Blenheim network in July 2011 and Blenheim schools, Wairau Hospital and 3000 homes and business all have access to the ultra-fast broadband network.

However internet service providers have yet to start selling ultra-fast broadband packages using the Chorus network.

Nelson-based Tasman Network's fibre-optic service has been available in Blenheim and Picton since 2010 and TelstraClear has a fibre/copper hybrid cable in Blenheim capable of delivering ultra-fast services to businesses only.

The second phase of the rollout to the rest of Springlands and parts of Mayfield and Burleigh is underway and expected to be finished by July next year.

The remaining areas including Solar Heights, central and east Redwoodtown including north and south of Alabama Rd and Redwood St and the eastern side of Riversdale will get fibre by July 2018.

To see when fibre is coming to your street go to: chorus.co.nz/maps

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- The Marlborough Express

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