Stratford next to receive Ultra Fast Broadband
A town that evokes the 1600s will soon be connected to the future when fibre optic cables are installed.
The Taranaki town of Stratford, named in honour of William Shakespeare's birthplace Stratford-upon-Avon, is next in line for the Ultra Fast Broadband (UFB) rollout as part of the Government programme's second phase.
Traditional broadband, delivered through copper cables, limits the speed that data can be transported while fibre optic cables allow for much higher connection speeds.
The UFB build in Stratford will commence this month and is expected to be completed in mid-2018, providing faster internet for 2756 properties, Communications Minister Simon Bridges said.
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Waitara, Inglewood, Eltham, Opunake, Manaia, Patea, Okato and Urenui are also planned for the second instalment of UFB, Bridges said.
"Once the UFB build is completed by the end of 2024, approximately 85 per cent of New Zealanders will have access to speeds of close to 1000 megabits per second."
The UFB build is fully completed in Hawera and New Plymouth under "phase one" of the programme, with about 31,500 households and businesses having access to the speedy service.
In total, the Government will invest about $32 million to install UFB in Taranaki.
"Having access to fast and reliable broadband is critical to growing our regional economies and to New Zealand's future," Bridges said.
"This means more productive businesses, improvements to health care through video-conferencing between doctors, specialists and patients, and improved access to online resources for students and teachers."