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Uptake of gigabit broadband doubles in a year - Chorus

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Chorus reports uptake of one gigabit per second (1Gbps) broadband has doubled in a year, reaching 66,000 connections as at the end of August. The amount of additional connections is equivalent to the whole of Palmerston North being on gigabit broadband.

Gigabit plans are now the second most popular after 100 megabit per second plans (100Mbps). Chorus dropped the wholesale price of gigabit broadband to $60 effective July 1st and as such expects this rapid uptake to continue.

"We’re seen a growing proportion of customers opting for higher speed connections to ensure that they and their families have the capacity to do what they want online, when they want," says Ed Hyde, Chorus’ Chief Customer Officer.

"Broadband providers have been eager to promote gigabit services to their customers with MyRepublic, Orcon, Slingshot and Stuff Fibre leading the pack by share of their fibre base.

"Dunedin has the highest uptake, unsurprisingly after its Gigatown win, followed by Wellington and Auckland.

"Demand for data on our network continues to break records, reflecting the ever-increasing range of online streaming content and the rise of connected devices in the home.

"As more and more of these different devices connect to a network, there can be buffering and decreases in speed. Gigabit plans mitigate this in having so much more capacity," Hyde says.

By the end of 2022, Chorus will have made gigabit connections available to more than 1.3 million customers. The company is already trialling next generation 10Gbps services with retailers.

Chorus encourages consumers to visit and enter their address into the broadband checker to ensure they’re on the best broadband available. Those able to access gigabit should contact their retail service provider and ask to be put on the fastest fibre plan available.

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