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Chorus completes fibre build in Dunedin, South Island UFB1 complete

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Chorus has officially completed the Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) build in Dunedin, two years ahead of schedule as promised.

Chorus chief executive Kate McKenzie will today join Communications Minister Clare Curran, Mayor Dave Cull, and other city leaders to mark the milestone.

The completion of the fibre build in Dunedin follows the city’s Gigatown win in 2014 and coincides with the completion of Chorus’ first phase of UFB in the South Island.

"This huge programme of work means a lot for Dunedin and the South Island by providing them with all the benefits of world-class connectivity. There are nine major towns and cities encompassing more than 150,000 households which are now able to connect to world-class fibre broadband in the South Island," Ms McKenzie said

In Dunedin alone there are more than 12,000 gigabit connections, with fibre running down some 1,500 streets, passing nearly 53,000 households. About 50 percent of Dunedin homes and businesses have already chosen to connect to fibre.

It is clear residents are taking full advantage, with the average household broadband speed in the city hitting 309Mbps, nearly four times higher than the national average.

In addition, there are now more options for people to consume fast broadband when they are out and about in Dunedin, with 14 gigabit-powered Wi-Fi hotspots across the city.

"We’ve come a long way since the gig service first went live in Dunedin in February 2015. The fibre build is complete two years ahead of schedule as promised, and Dunedin is now among top cities in the world for broadband performance.

"This is a huge milestone and we’ve already seen some great initiatives born as a result of the work that has been underway since 2015," said Ms McKenzie.

As part of Dunedin’s Gigatown win, 33 local start-up businesses and community initiatives were given a share of $700,000 to support their growth and development, and show how gigabit fibre can contribute to the social good of the community.

"Dunedin has come a long was on its journey to leading New Zealand in broadband performance," says Ms McKenzie.

"Since 2015, the people of Dunedin have truly embraced their gig win. Gig connections have gone up five-fold, and average speeds are surpassing those of some the world’s most productive hubs.

"Dunedin as a city, should be proud. I am looking forward to seeing how Dunedin continues to use this world-class technology."

Mayor of Dunedin Dave Cull said, "Dunedin has embraced its opportunity to be New Zealand’s first GigCity with a strong network of new tech companies in the start-up space, alongside some exceptional community projects based around gig technology.

"The Chorus end of build marks the next stage for Dunedin - we have the infrastructure, the people and the passion to continue on our journey towards becoming a smart city of the future."

Chorus’ gigabit subsidised pricing will be available until 30 June 2019. Consumers should talk to their retail service providers to find out how they can take advantage of the offer.

Chorus is currently embarking on the roll out of fibre under UFB2 and 2+ which will see UFB to some 150 additional towns in the South Island by 2022.

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