Chorus Jump-Starts New Zealand FTTH Network With Free Residential Installs

NEW ZEALAND - Chorus, a telecommunications company in New Zealand that builds and maintains fiber networks, announced that it will provide a $16.5 million ($20 million NZ) investment fund for retail service providers to offer free installation to their residential customers. The company already has more than 72,000 customers within reach of its Ultra Fast Broadband (UFB) network.

Chorus already funds the first 50 feet of new trenching to connect a home, or up to 328 feet of fiber where there is an available duct or a single overhead aerial span. The additional funding will be used to cover the cost of connecting residences that are beyond these, up to 656 feet.

“We want to give our customers as much support as possible in encouraging people to join the new network, particularly in the early stage of the UFB rollout,” said Victoria Crone, general manager of marketing and sales. “New Zealanders are still discovering the benefits of fiber, and we want to help make it as easy as possible for our customers and their customers to make the switch to a fiber world.”

“Our customers have asked for a solution on how to install fiber services to homes beyond what is considered a standard distance. This fund goes some way to addressing customer needs, as we continue to work on a sustainable, longer-term solution,” Crone said. Chorus says the funding will help it gain more insights to develop its installation policies and experiences for end users.

To date, Chorus has connected more than 700 homes and businesses to UFB services. Its fiber buildout is planned to pass more than 830,000 urban homes, businesses, schools, hospitals and medical facilities throughout New Zealand by the end of 2019.

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