Ultra-fast broadband is now running past more than half of
the southern region's school gates, but so far fewer than a
third of the schools have tapped into the cable which can
provide large amounts of data, faster.
A Chorus spokeswoman said as of this week, 137 schools in the
Dunedin, Invercargill, Oamaru and Queenstown areas had fibre
built to the school and were ready for service.
However, only 38 of the schools (28%) had actually ordered
and been connected through one of the retail service
The introduction was still continuing at about 93 schools in
Otago and Southland.
Running thousands of kilometres of fibre optic cable and
ducting past schools, businesses and homes means it will be
possible to deliver the highest data speeds which can support
services such as internet television and high definition
Maori Hill School principal Alistair Campbell said fibre was
now running past the school, but it had not yet connected to
The school had investigated connections, but Mr Campbell said
he could not find a provider who could offer a ''static IP''
which would suit the school's system.
Since then, the Ministry of Education had announced it would
be providing free access to the cable through the Network for
Living (N4L) initiative, which should be available from the
start of next year.
Like many schools in the region, his would wait for N4L to
The first schools are expected to connect through N4L by the
end of 2013 and more than 700 schools should connect by the
end of 2014.
All schools will be able to connect by the end of 2016.
Rather than wait, 38 schools have connected through another
retail service provider.
Clutha Valley School principal Val Ward said it connected as
soon as it could after fibre was sent past the school's gate,
because without it, the school's use of the internet was
''The old system was slow and often almost non-existent in
''Now we are able to do a whole lot more, like classroom
blogs, google mail, and we can use all our computers at the
same time, rather than just a few at a time.
''We can now move streets ahead with the technology available
- we can go wherever we want.''
The board of trustees felt the school would be doing a great
''disservice'' to its pupils by not being connected, she
The Ministry of Education hopes to establish fibre-based
connections to 97.7% of New Zealand schools and 99.9% of
pupils by 2016 under its Ultra Fast Broadband (UFB) and Rural
Broadband Initiative (RBI).
Macraes Moonlight, Makarora, and Tahakopa schools are among
the remaining 2.3% of schools which are in areas too remote
for fibre, and will have access to improved broadband
services via wireless technology.
Ultrafast Broadband and Rural Broadband Initiative in Otago
Fibre available to 137 schools38 schools have connected
Fibre still to be made available to 93 schools
97.7% of New Zealand schools to be connected by 2016
2.3% of schools to have wireless technology