Making it happen . . . Digital Office projects manager Josh
Jenkins urges people to support Dunedin’s bid to become
Gigatown — the city with the fastest broadband in the
country. Photo by Dan Hutchinson
Complacency could be Dunedin's biggest enemy as it
competes for the title of ‘‘Gigatown'' and the fastest internet
service in the country.
Chorus' Gigatown contest will see one town provided with
ultra›fast broadband - up to one gigabit per second - at
However, Dunedin Digital Office project manager Josh Jenkins
said organisers were not sensing the level of enthusiasm
An extra incentive started this week, with 75,000 points
going to the town that nets the most support by Tuesday next
week, on top of the 10 points for every person who signs up.
Last year, The Star talked to Dunedin businesspeople about
the competition, who all said winning would remove many
barriers, like being isolated from the rest of the world.
Animation Research managing director Ian Taylor said the
competition was an opportunity but if people did not get
behind the campaign, the city could be left behind.
Five finalists will be chosen in September, and then go on to
compete for the prize.
‘‘Dunedin people tend to be a little pessimistic, they tend
to leave things until the last minute, until it is too late.
. .it has been a little bit frustrating getting the community
engagement that I would have liked,'' Mr Jenkins said.
He said people struggled to get their heads around what the
prize meant and the opportunities it offered.
Chorus is the wholesale provider of internet services and
will provide the high›speed capacity to retailers, who would
then pass that on to their customers through various
The Government and Chorus are part›way through a massive
project that will see ultra›fast broadband cables outside
almost every home in the next few years.
Mr Jenkins said some businesses already had ultra›fast
capability but were paying thousands of dollars for it. This
was likely to come down in price as more people connected.
Gigatown would give a head start to one town when it comes to
pricing and applying the new speeds.
The wholesale deal would last three years.