UFB (Ultra Fast Broadband Information)

How disruptive will the work be?

The work in the MDU will involve the use of machines and vehicles with associated noise levels and may require temporary blocking of access to driveways.

Chorus will liaise with the building manager or body corporate to communicate our work plans with the tenants/residents. We will take all reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

What is Fibre?

Fibre which is short for Fibre-optic communication is a method of transmitting information from one place to another by sending pulses of light through an optical fibre.

Due to the much lower attenuation and interference, optical fibre has large advantages over existing copper wire in long-distance and high-demand applications.

What is Ultra Fast Broadband?

The ultra-fast broadband programme (UFB) is delivering fibre to 75% of New Zealanders.

Lately, you may have heard a lot of talk about fibre. That’s because fibre optic cables are key to building New Zealand’s world-class telecommunications network now and in the future. Fibre can deliver large amounts of data further and faster than the copper cables that traditionally deliver telecommunications services. Right now, we’re rolling out the government’s ultra-fast broadband (UFB) plan to bring fibre even closer to homes and businesses. Our deployment involves bringing fibre to the boundary of the properties that we pass.

Who can sign consents?

The building owner(s), or their agent(s), must all sign the consents, alternatively the body corporate can sign on their behalf.

Sometimes the building and the land on which it sits are separately owned, in which case the owners of both will have to sign consents.

The owners are determined from the land registry database.

Why isn’t Chorus laying fibre into MDUs as they pass them?

Chorus cannot lay fibre into an MDU until all the owners of the property have provided their consent to the laying of the fibre and later access to repair and maintain it. Once Chorus has received the relevant consents from the property owner(s) then the work to bring fibre to the property can commence.

Why should I choose Fibre over Copper?

Fibre gives you a “true bandwidth” connection. If you buy a 10Mbit/s connection 10Mbit/s is exactly what you’ll get, 24/7. It doesn’t matter how far away from the exchange you are, or how busy the network becomes – you’ll be getting a rock-steady 10Mbit/s in both directions.

Will the laying of the Fibre cost the owners anything?

It is expected that generally Chorus will bear most of the cost of the laying of the fibre and associated frames.

Where there are difficulties in getting fibre installed or where the cost of cabling the MDU is unusually high, a part payment may be required from the owners.