TELECOM LAUNCHES NEXT GENERATION BROADBAND

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - With the launch of Ultra Fibre (UFB) in New Zealand Telecom has made significant progress toward meeting the goal of a government-led initiative to deliver UFB to 75 percent of New Zealanders by 2020. Telecom has spent the past year developing and internally trialling UFB with staff in their homes. The company is now at the point it feels comfortable launching a commercial product, Ultra Fibre.

Telecom Ultra Fibre will be available to customers in the Chorus footprint initially due to the fact they’re by far the largest UFB partner with nearly 70 percent of the UFB market. The existing Chorus footprint where Telecom Ultra Fibre will be available covers parts of Auckland as well as Blenheim, Dunedin, Hastings, Levin, Napier, Nelson, Palmerston North, Queenstown, Rotorua, Timaru and Wellington.

To keep Ultra Fibre within reach of customers Telecom has created simple, competitively priced plans based on a choice of two speeds, a range of generous data caps aligned with Telecom’s existing broadband plans, and national pricing.

For customers who take up Telecom Ultra Fibre, Telecom will retain their existing copper-based phone lines to service voice, monitored alarms, faxes, EFTPOS, SkyTV and medical alarms. Telecom is looking to introduce a voice over fiber product later this year with development well underway, which will open the opportunity to transition the other non-voice copper-based services to fiber.

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