New Zealanders are keeping up with a worldwide trend of
30% year-on-year growth in the use of broadband data.
With work progressing in Queenstown on upgrading to
fibre-optic cables to transmit data instead of copper phone
lines, smoother streaming of online-hosted video content is
expected as are faster upload and download speeds. The change
will allow for faster speeds, even with multiple users on
Telecom retail chief executive Chris Quin said ultra-fast
broadband (UFB) offered ''unprecedented opportunities'' for
enhanced collaboration and connectivity with friends, family
Ultra-fast broadband is already available to corporate
customers nationally, with around 5000 connections so far.
Telecom was committed to having a retail UFB product within
the next few months for customers in places where
infrastructure company Chorus was installing fibre-optic
cable, including parts of Queenstown, Mr Quin said.
''Over the past year we have been developing and internally
trialling our ultra-fast broadband products with staff in
their homes. We're now at that stage of limited final testing
and refinement which will allow us to make any final
''As with everything we do, but especially for the new data
future, it's been absolutely vital to take our time to get
the customer experience right before a widespread launch.''
Even with the fibre-optic cables installed mostly
underground, for people to get UFB a new fibre connection
which runs from the street to their home was needed, as was
some new equipment.
When a resident wishes to install UFB, a full day is needed
for the installation process.
''You'll also need to be available on-site as the
installation team will be working both inside and outside of
your home,'' information from Telecom said.
The two primary methods of delivering fibre to a home were
ducting or overhead wiring.