Next month central New Plymouth residents will have the ability to surf the internet at speeds 100 times faster than regular broadband.
The fibre optic rollout is ahead of schedule allowing the first New Plymouth residents to connect to Ultrafast Fibre next month.
Since April, New Plymouth's streets and footpaths have been systematically dug up as Transfield Services work to lay 265km of fibre optic cables underground.
The cables will allow businesses and homes to connect to internet speeds up to 100 times faster than regular broadband.
Ultrafast Fibre chief executive Maxine Elliott said the first New Plymouth residents will be able to connect in October - one month earlier than initially predicted.
The first businesses were expected to start connecting in the next week or so.
So far 17km of the network had been built, with 251km to go.
''It's still in its early days but it's well under way and on track,'' Elliott said.
Cables had been laid outside 694 premises to date, she said.
So far 14 internet service providers have signed agreements with Ultrafast Fibre allowing them to sell UFB services in New Plymouth.
But no UFB cable pricing plans were yet available for New Plymouth homes, Elliott said.
''The network builds are slightly ahead of where the retailers have been.''
New Plymouth was expected to be fully connected to fibre by 2016.
* To find out when your home can connect
to UFB visit ultrafastfibre.co.nz
- © Fairfax NZ News
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