Next month a group of New Zealanders will test the world's fastest fibre broadband experience. From mid-March, 30 volunteers will get early access to 10Gbps.
The 10Gbps trial is a collaborative project. It will use Nokia's XGS-PON (passive optical network) fibre technology.
Because Chorus is a wholesale broadband provider, its retail partners will also help with the trial. Kordia, 2degrees, Trustpower, Slingshot, Orcon, Vocus Communications, 2Talk and Stuff Fibre are among the first retail service providers to sign up to take part in the trial. Others are expected to follow.
To take part in the trial, the 30 volunteers need to already be signed up for a 1Gbps plan with one of the partner RSPs. They also have to live in one of three Chorus exchange areas: Johnsonville in Wellington, Avondale and Birkenhead in Auckland.
Another requirement is a device with a 10Gbps port. Trialists also need to be prepared to provide feedback on the service.
The trial is most suitable for people who work with large data files, say movies or high-quality audio. It may also be useful for homes with a number of high-end gamers or use other demanding applications.
Chorus chief customer officer, Ed Hyde says the service will underpin New Zealand's digital future. He says it will "continue our decade long commitment to innovation and keeping New Zealand’s broadband infrastructure at the cutting edge."
If the trial is a success, Chorus aims to eventually roll out the 10Gbps service nationwide. Before then, it may extend the trial to more users.