Ultra-fast broadband in central Oamaru by July

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean and Downer civil works manager Stephen Christos get to grips with the technology behind ultra-fast broadband. Photo by Andrew Ashton.
Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean and Downer civil works manager Stephen Christos get to grips with the technology behind ultra-fast broadband. Photo by Andrew Ashton.
A large part of Oamaru will have access to ultra-fast broadband (UFB) by July next year, after communications company Chorus announced yesterday it would start rolling out 14km of fibreoptic cable in the town.

Work to connect central Oamaru to UFB is expected to be completed in the next seven months, with the north end (east of Thames St and north of Weir St) expected to be connected by July 2014.

However, the area around Avon, Tamar, Perth and Selwyn Sts does not yet have a completion date.

Chorus network build general manager Chris Dyhrberg said the rollout would constitute a ''massive programme of work'' which would also connect eight local schools by the end of 2015.

''Today we've taken the first step towards Oamaru's fibre rollout and we're eager to work with partners, local council and community groups to extend our network to even more suburbs in the coming years.''

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean said she was particularly thrilled that Oamaru Intermediate School and Pembroke School would be the first to be connected to UFB.

She said the rollout was good news for the town's education system and would be of ''significant'' benefit to the local economy.

Waitaki Mayor Alex Familton said UFB would give Oamaru advantages it needed to ensure its economy faced up to and increasingly competitive world.

 

Political spin

Maybe Mayor Familton could give some examples of the advantages that ultra fast broadband will provide to the local community. Is it his contention that the rest of New Zealand will not be supplied with this technology and hence we have an advantage over the rest of the country? Also no mention of reason for the Chorus share price slump in the past few days - this has relevence as to what consumers will be be paying for this product or service at the end of the day and that is what people are interested in - not political spin.