$12.4m fibre project to enhance Gisborne’s network

Chorus and FX Networks have begun a $12.4m project to lay some 190 kilometres of fibre optic cable from Gisborne around the East Cape, delivering critically important network diversity and putting 16 rural schools in reach of ultra-fast broadband.

This project is part of the government’s Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI), which is jointly funded by government and industry, and it’s expected to be completed by July 2013. 

Once in place, the new fibre link will help support high speed data services into Gisborne, which is currently solely reliant on the one fibre link coming out of Napier. This joint project also sees a faster than originally planned RBI rollout on the East Cape, putting ultra fast broadband in reach of 16 East Cape schools 18 months ahead of schedule.

Chorus General Manager of Network Build Chris Dyhrberg said that this is a great example of two network providers coordinating their work to deploy fibre faster to benefit the local community.

“By working together, both Chorus and FX Networks avoid network duplication and can enhance the region’s fibre services far quicker than if we tried to on our own,”

“We’ve seen first hand the difference that fibre technology makes in the way students experience the Internet.  This joint project means we can put more than 1,000 East Cape pupils in reach of ultra fast broadband by July next year,” said Dyhrberg.

“Inter-city fibre construction is a strength FX Networks has developed with nearly 3,000km built in the last eight years.” adds David Heald, CEO of FX Networks. “The new industry landscape forged by the Government’s Ultrafast Broadband and Rural Broadband initiatives is very conducive to industry partnerships and this is a fine example of that. We are delighted to be contributing to the RBI, extending our own network, and to be furthering an already strong relationship with Chorus”.

The East Cape RBI fibre project will put ultra fast broadband services in reach of these local schools:

  • Te Kura Mana Maori o Whangaparaoa
  • TKKM o Kawakawa mai Tawhiti
  • Te Waha O Rerekohu Area School
  • TKKM o Taperenui a Whatonga
  • Tikitiki School
  • TKKM o Te Waiu o Ngati Porou
  • Ngata Memorial College
  • Hiruharama
  • Makarika
  • Te Puia Springs
  • T K KM o Nga Taonga Tuturu ki Tokomaru
  • Hatea-a-Rangi
  • Kahutia Brown
  • Tolaga Bay Area School
  • Whangara
  • Potaka

As part of the wider RBI programme of work, Chorus will put 1035 rural schools and 51 hospitals in reach of  broadband services capable of peak speeds of 100Mbps.  It will also install or upgrade 1,000 fibre-fed cabinets to enable broadband with peak speeds of at least 5Mbps to about 57 per cent of rural customers by the end of 2015.


Chorus is New Zealand's largest telecommunications utility company. It maintains and builds a network predominately made up of local telephone exchanges, cabinets and some 1.8 million copper and fibre optic lines connecting homes and businesses throughout the country.  Its open access network and innovative new wholesale products and services are used by many different phone and internet service providers, helping them to deliver the services their customers rely on. Chorus is included in the NZX 10 Index comprising New Zealand's 10 largest domestic companies. More information is available at www.chorus.co.nz.

Information on Chorus’ RBI project can be viewed online at: http://www.chorus.co.nz/rural-broadband-initiative 

Chorus’ online map outlining its RBI deployment plans can be viewed at: www.chorus.co.nz/fibre-rollout-map

FX Networks is New Zealand’s only inter-city fibre optic next generation network built in this century, a fact that allows us to offer revolutionary services.

FX Networks offers managed services and tailored solutions around high-performance Internet, Ethernet, fibre, voice and storage services to government, business and the ISP industry.

Behind each kilometre of our fibre optic cable is a dedicated group of imaginative individuals focused on setting new standards in the industry.

Information on FX Networks Carrier Services can be viewed at:  http://www.fx.net.nz/what-we-do/carrier-services/

For further information:

Robin Kelly - Chorus
Mbl: 027 655 5139
Email: robin.kelly@chorus.co.nz

John van Dinther – FX Networks
DDI: 04 498 7762
Email: john.vand@fx.net.nz

28 September 2012

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