Ultra Fast Broadband one step closer
Friday, September 10, 2010
Hawera is one step closer to being one of the smallest and first places in New Zealand to have ultra fast broadband.
Today Crown Fibre Holdings announced its shortlist of consortiums in the roll out of the government’s $1.5 billion Ultra – Fast Broadband initiative and the Central North Island Fibre Consortium (servicing a number of central North Island cities and towns including Hawera) was one of three selected for prioritized negotiations.
South Taranaki District Council CEO Craig Stevenson says this announcement marks an important milestone not only for Hawera, but New Zealand.
“Fibre will provide the biggest boost to New Zealand’s economic development this century, just like electricity did last century,” says Mr Stevenson.
“The ultra fast fibre network will easily deliver broadband speeds at least 50 times faster than those currently available in New Zealand. This will be the single biggest boost to New Zealand’s infrastructure for decades and it is exciting that a small place like Hawera will be at the forefront of this technology,” he says.
“Having the ability to take ‘fibre to the door’ 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,” says Mr Stevenson.
The three bids selected for prioritized negotiations are:
- Alpine Energy (Timaru);
- The Central North Island Fibre Consortium (Hamilton - including Cambridge and Te Awamutu - Tauranga, New Plymouth, Wanganui, Hawera and Tokoroa); and
- Northpower (Whangarei).