The largest performance upgrade Chorus has ever made for New Zealand fiber customers is now complete, according to the company.
Residential customers subscribed to the wholesaler’s 100 Mbps fiber plan can now access triple the download speed from available retailers while increasing the download speed five-fold from 20 Mbps to 100 Mbps.
Chorus says the big fiber boost should propel New Zealand up the global broadband rankings as customers enjoy the upgrade through any retailer of their choice.
Chorus projections show the country could enter the world’s top 10 for fastest broadband by early 2022. In October, New Zealand was in 24th place, ahead of the UK at 50th and last. ‘Australia at the 54th.
Kiwi companies have also benefited from the 100/100 Mbps âBusiness Evolveâ and 100/100 Mbps âSmall Business Fiberâ plans increasing to download and upload speeds of 300/300 Mbps and 500/500 Mbps, respectively.
âIt’s been ten years since we built our part of the fiber network and we are almost done,â says JB Rousselot, CEO of Chorus.
âWhen we’re done, New Zealand will have one of the most extensive fiber optic networks in the world,â he said.
âThis performance upgrade builds on our goal of ensuring New Zealanders have access to the best Internet connectivity,â Rousselot said.
âOnce adopted, New Zealand is expected to achieve an impressive ranking for fixed broadband connectivity, and we plan to achieve this early in the new year, once all retailers have been able to put the improvement in performance available to their customers. “
As technology evolves rapidly, Rousselot says Chorus is committed to ensuring Kiwis continue to enjoy the benefits of fast connectivity.
“This is just the start of what fiber can do – the capacity and speeds are virtually limitless, and we intend to roll out further upgrades and options at the wholesale level,” did he declare.
More than two-thirds of kiwi households are connected to fiber, with an even higher figure in Auckland at 76%. Twenty-two percent of Chorus’ fiber connections are now gigabit services.
The fixed broadband ranking is taken from Ookla’s Global Speedtest Index for October 2021, which measures median download speed by country.
Chorus’ big fiber optic boost will increase broadband speeds for more than 550,000 homes and 50,000 businesses. Download speeds for Chorus’ wholesale 100 Mbps fiber optic customers will triple to 300 Mbps and download speeds will increase fivefold from 20 Mbps to 100 Mbps. Businesses using Chorus’ 100/100 Mbps âBusiness Evolveâ wholesale and 100/100 Mbps âSmall Business Fiberâ plans will upgrade to download and upload speeds of 300/300 Mbps and 500/500 Mbps, respectively. There is no increase in wholesale costs for this performance upgrade.