Two-thirds of premises connected to Chorus’ original UFB1 network have now taken up fibre services. The uptake rate moved from 65 percent to 66 percent during the last three months of 2020.

During the quarter the number of connections increased by 29,000. Uptake across the entire Chorus fibre network, including the UFB2 areas, is now at 63 percent.

Invercargill has the highest uptake with around 75 percent of premises on the network buying fibre services. Other hotspots with above average take-up include Waiuku, Auckland, Nelson and Dunedin.

In its latest quarterly update Chorus says the total UFB roll out is now 92 percent complete. Towns added during the quarter include Taumarunui, Hunterville, Cheviot and Amberley.

Copper connections fell by 50,000 during the last three months of 2020. Fibre now accounts for 59 percent of all Chorus connections.

The monthly average data use continues to climb. In December it was 390GB per connection across the entire Chorus network. On fibre connections the average monthly use was 460GB.