New Zealand is set to join the select band of countries with fibre networks running at speeds beyond a gigabit. Chorus says it aims to offer two and four gigabit per second services in some regions from February next year.
Chorus' Hyperfibre service will use the XGS-PON standard which can one day offer close to a 10Gbps service. XGS-Pon is a symmetric technology. That means users will be able to upload and download at the same speed.
Not everyone will choose faster broadband, but trials so far have shown there is demand for these services from the film production sector. There is an emphasis on areas where the fit industry works in the roll out schedule.
Chorus aims to roll out Hyperfibre in Queenstown, Arrowtown, Wakatipu, Wanaka and Cromwell in February. These areas will be joined in March by Courtenay Place, Johnsonville, Miramar and Wellington.
Other areas will be added over time with the entire Chorus UFB1 network ready for Hyperfibre by September 2020. All these dates are subject to regulatory approval.
Wholesale prices have not been fixed yet, but Chorus says customers can expect to pay a modest premium over today's gigabit prices.