Hawera first town in Taranaki to be fully UFB-capable

Hawera first town in Taranaki to be fully UFB-capable

Friday, February 13, 2015

Ultrafast Fibre Limited is pleased to join Communications Minister, Amy Adams, to announce completion of the Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) network in Hawera.

Hawera business and residential users will now have the opportunity to connect to UFB through their broadband retail service provider and begin experiencing the benefits of truly high-speed internet.

“We are really excited to have completed the rollout of our UFB network in Hawera,” says Ultrafast Fibre CEO, William Hamilton.

“This gives the whole town the chance to connect and enjoy the next generation Ultra-Fast Broadband experience for themselves.”

Ultrafast Fibre’s network in Hawera is 82km long and allows nearly 5,000 end users to connect to UFB, with fibre passing eight schools.

South Taranaki District Mayor, Ross Dunlop, says he is thrilled that Hawera is one of the first places in New Zealand to benefit from the Government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband initiative.

“This is a big deal for Hawera,” says Mayor Dunlop.

“Having the ability to take ‘fibre to the door’ in Hawera will significantly increase productivity for business and improve service delivery in health and education.

“It will provide an affordable way to communicate with anyone, anywhere, anytime, and for a town like ours that’s huge,” he says.

Bizlink Hawera Coordinator, Rangi Coleman, is enthusiastic about the impact UFB will have on local business.

"Hawera is home to a number of innovative businesses and we know they will benefit hugely from being connected to UFB," says Mr Coleman.

"With a quality high-speed internet service, our business people can live the Hawera lifestyle while conducting their operations on a national and even global scale.”

Local computer company, 4U Computer Solutions, was one of the first Hawera businesses to have UFB installed and owners, Susi and Tobi Hipp, say it has changed the way they operate.

“Our UFB connection is faster and much more stable than with ADSL," says Mr Hipp.

"With UFB we can download large software files for our business, quickly and efficiently.

“It’s ideal for Voice over IP services too, as it provides a consistent connection for internet calling,” he says.

The Hipps also have UFB connected at their home and say their three sons have been enjoying using the high-speed internet service.

"Our eldest son, who is at Massey University, brings his computer home to our place so he can download large files for his online gaming," says Mrs Hipp.

“Most of the time it's our 12 year old who is the family's biggest UFB consumer though, watching YouTube clips over wi-fi on his cellphone," she says.

The completion ofthe network build in Hawera is part of a wider Government initiative to rollout Ultra-Fast Broadband to 75% of New Zealanders in 33 towns and cities.

Ultrafast Fibre builds, owns and operates the UFB fibre networks in Te Awamutu, Hamilton, Cambridge, Tauranga, Tokoroa, Whanganui, New Plymouth and Hawera.

A list of retailers selling services over Ultrafast Fibre’s UFB network can be viewed at www.ultrafastfibre.co.nz/get-ultrafast.

ENDS

For more information, contact:

Richard Riley

Ultrafast Fibre General Manager Sales & Marketing

021 516 555

richard.riley@ultrafast.co.nz

About Ultrafast Fibre

Ultrafast Fibre is a Local Fibre Company (LFC) set up to design, implement and provide high speed internet services to retail service providers.

The Company began construction of its 3,000km UFB network in 2011. Upon completion it will pass a total of around 163,000 premises in eight urban centres across the central North Island, representing approximately 13% of the national UFB network.

Ultrafast Fibre’s shareholders are Crown Fibre Holdings Ltd and Waikato Networks Limited, which itself is owned 85% by WEL Networks Limited and15% by Waipa Networks Limited.