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New Zealand’s Chorus to Offer 1 Gbps Service to Homes

Company wants to make the country a true “Gignation”

AUCKLAND, N.Z. � New Zealand Communications providerChorushas announced that it will extend its one gigabit residential and business fiber broadband service across its entire Ultra-Fast Broadband footprint from Oct. 1.

The company launched its �gig� services in Dunedin in February 2015 and has long had national gigabit broadband services on its product roadmap.

�We are delighted that other fiber providers have joined Chorus in championing gigabit residential and business services,� said Chorus CEO Mark Ratcliffe. �Making New Zealand a true ‘Gignation,’ beyond the 5,000-plus connections we have in Dunedin, should see us catapulted up the league tables of broadband speed rankings and reinforce the high quality of the broadband infrastructure we’re rolling out.�

The average download speed across Chorus’ networks is now 30.5 megabits per second (Mbps). Chorus’ Gigabit broadband service will run at the maximum speed the network electronics allows today. In practice this means customers will see download speeds between 900Mbps and 970 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 500Mbps.

Chorus� residential wholesale gigabit broadband service will be available to broadband retailers at an introductory price of $60 (NZ) per month until�June 30, 2017 after which it increases to $65 NZ per month (about $48 U.S.)�

Existing fiber customers looking to upgrade to a gigabit planwill notrequire a Chorus technician to visit their home.