Ultrafast internet hits North Canterbury

SARAH-JANE O'CONNOR
Last updated 11:26 11/02/2014

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Ultrafast broadband is heading to North Canterbury, with Rangiora and Kaiapoi next on the list to be hooked up to the network.

Network provider Enable is about to begin deploying the fibre network to over 3000 businesses, schools and homes in the area, with locals able to access the service by the middle of the year.

The work requires fibre ducting to be installed under footpaths, berms, verges and some roads, with work in some areas starting in the next two weeks.

"In order to provide fibre broadband services we do need to complete a significant amount of civil construction work in the streets of Rangiora and Kaiapoi," said Enable CEO Steve Fuller.

"We recognise that this work will cause some disruption and we will ensure we keep the community informed about where we will be working."

In each street, network deployment takes several weeks.

Information will be distributed by letterbox drops to residents and businesses, or can be found at enable.net.nz.

The rollout is part of Enable's work to bring ultrafast broadband to 180,000 homes, schools and businesses throughout Canterbury.

Areas of Rolleston and Lincoln were connected in October, and parts of Christchurch are in the process of being set up.

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