It looks like it is going to be a long wait for a man who is battling to get the internet hooked up to his new rental in Stirling.
When Blake Sinclair moved into his new house about six weeks ago he tried to get a broadband internet and mobile deal through one of the phone companies, but was told he needed to talk network operator Chorus.
He said Chorus informed him that he would have to wait for four other households in the area to cancel their internet subscription before he could get access, because the exchange was at full capacity.
He said Chorus could not tell him how long the wait would be.
According to a Chorus spokesperson a few hundred people throughout the country are waiting for any type of internet service, at this point about 50 of them are in the Otago region.
Mr Sinclair said that meant about 8 per cent of them are in Stirling.
The Chorus spokesperson said plans were under way to keep building capacity through the regional broadband initiative.
''Once this is complete, mobile and/or fixed line broadband services will alleviate the problem for around half of those people waiting for a connection in the Otago region,'' Chorus said.
Chorus is investing in its fixed line broadband network, but the extra costs of putting new infrastructure in some harder to reach areas, or areas with only a small number of people waiting, ''makes the economics very challenging''.
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