UFB a welcome boost for Wairoa

Region will get ultra-fast broadband (UFB) three years earlier than originally scheduled.

Region will get ultra-fast broadband (UFB) three years earlier than originally scheduled.

WAIROA Mayor Craig Little says he is “over the moon” after finding out the region will get ultra-fast broadband (UFB) three years earlier than originally scheduled.

Mr Little said he received confirmation from Chorus last week that the district had rocketed up the waiting list for the rollout of UFB.

“Wairoa’s scheduled rollout start-date was set for July 2021, which would’ve meant a three-year wait for our district.

“There is an increasing demand for faster broadband connectivity in Wairoa, which is positioning itself as a national identity through key technology operations like Rocket Lab. Economic development is a matter of priority in the Wairoa district, and thanks to this announcement, we can now take the next step into the ‘new economy’.

“It is great that Chorus and Crown Fibre Holdings have taken on-board our concerns and have reprioritised Wairoa, because our need is just as great as any other region, if not more.”

After Chorus announced Wairoa’s original start date, Mr Little lobbied for Wairoa to be reprioritised, recognising that the district’s demographic profile was ample justification for the community to be elevated on the list, saying that households without internet service were increasingly being left behind in the new information age. He also pointed out that the last Census showed only 51.4 per cent of households in the Wairoa district had access to the internet.

“Given that almost half of the district’s households do not have access to the internet, Wairoa District Council was committed to advocating for its people.

“Wairoa is now attracting innovative industries like Rocket Lab and their space launch activities and Starkraving Movie Productions. It is vitally important that basic infrastructure like the ability to access UFB is available.”

Chorus spokesman Nathan Beaumont said the second phase of the Government’s UFB build in Wairoa would now start and end earlier than planned.

“Following our meeting with the Wairoa council in early March we’ve been working with our Service Company partners for the UFB2 rollout to make sure we have a smooth and continuous build programme.

“This includes making sure our build partners have the enough people to complete the build, we can do the build in a logical way right throughout around the country, and that we have the right machinery in place to do the job.

“Having worked through to define the programme, the build start date for Wairoa has been brought forward from July 2021 to June 2018, which means we now have a completion date of May 2019.”

WAIROA Mayor Craig Little says he is “over the moon” after finding out the region will get ultra-fast broadband (UFB) three years earlier than originally scheduled.

Mr Little said he received confirmation from Chorus last week that the district had rocketed up the waiting list for the rollout of UFB.

“Wairoa’s scheduled rollout start-date was set for July 2021, which would’ve meant a three-year wait for our district.

“There is an increasing demand for faster broadband connectivity in Wairoa, which is positioning itself as a national identity through key technology operations like Rocket Lab. Economic development is a matter of priority in the Wairoa district, and thanks to this announcement, we can now take the next step into the ‘new economy’.

“It is great that Chorus and Crown Fibre Holdings have taken on-board our concerns and have reprioritised Wairoa, because our need is just as great as any other region, if not more.”

After Chorus announced Wairoa’s original start date, Mr Little lobbied for Wairoa to be reprioritised, recognising that the district’s demographic profile was ample justification for the community to be elevated on the list, saying that households without internet service were increasingly being left behind in the new information age. He also pointed out that the last Census showed only 51.4 per cent of households in the Wairoa district had access to the internet.

“Given that almost half of the district’s households do not have access to the internet, Wairoa District Council was committed to advocating for its people.

“Wairoa is now attracting innovative industries like Rocket Lab and their space launch activities and Starkraving Movie Productions. It is vitally important that basic infrastructure like the ability to access UFB is available.”

Chorus spokesman Nathan Beaumont said the second phase of the Government’s UFB build in Wairoa would now start and end earlier than planned.

“Following our meeting with the Wairoa council in early March we’ve been working with our Service Company partners for the UFB2 rollout to make sure we have a smooth and continuous build programme.

“This includes making sure our build partners have the enough people to complete the build, we can do the build in a logical way right throughout around the country, and that we have the right machinery in place to do the job.

“Having worked through to define the programme, the build start date for Wairoa has been brought forward from July 2021 to June 2018, which means we now have a completion date of May 2019.”

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