Chorus Launches 10 Gbps Trial in New Zealand

  • Chorus
PARNELL, AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND — Chorus announced that its 10 gigabit per second (Gbps) residential and SME fiber broadband trial will start connecting customers in mid-March. Four broadband retailers — 2degrees, Kordia, Stuff Fibre and Trustpower — have signed up to Chorus’ 10 Gbps trial service with others expressing keen interest. The trial service will be available in selected areas of Auckland and Wellington, initially for 30 residential customers.

Chorus' 10 Gbps service is built in collaboration with Nokia using their XGS-PON fiber solution. This is a next-generation network technology that supports fiber services of up to 10 Gbps downstream and upstream, deployed over Chorus' existing nationwide fiber broadband infrastructure. The new service co-exists with today's fiber services making it a natural evolution for those looking for even faster plans with an easy upgrade path.

Easily Upgradable Fiber Infrastructure
"Our 10 Gbps residential and SME trial will see New Zealanders accessing one of the fastest broadband services available on the planet," said Ed Hyde, Chorus chief customer officer. “It also reinforces the ability to easily upgrade the world-class fiber infrastructure we have been building as the latest technologies become available.

"In the last eight years New Zealand has seen a meteoric progression in broadband capability. In 2011 the average broadband speed was just 10 Mbps or so. When Chorus’ fiber plans first launched in 2012 the top speed then available was 100 Mbps. We were then the first to make gigabit fiber broadband available in 2014 and today this is the fastest growing plan on our network with more than 44,000 customers."

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