Broadband access for 500

Nearly 500 Queenstown Hill residents can now order ultrafast broadband, as Chorus continues work to install the service in Queenstown. Chorus communications and brand head Melanie Marshall said work alongside schools had been completed in readiness for the school year and work was under way in Gorge Rd.

Work is scheduled to start in the resort's CBD, including Shotover St, in mid to late February ''in order to avoid disruption during the peak summer period''.

The installation was on track, Ms Marshall said. Chorus worked closely with local councils to co-ordinate other contracted works ''so we minimise disruption and inconvenience to the public''.

''Wherever possible we look to use existing ducts ... so we minimise any major trenching work.''

There was a lot of ducting in Queenstown's CBD, which minimised disruption during installation. The company laid fibre infrastructure along streets and when customer placed an order ''there may be some additional digging involved in getting the fibre from the street boundary to the customer'', she said.