Whangarei now fibre connected

May 9th, 2014 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

The roll-out of ultrafast broadband as far as the street has been completed in Whangarei, Communications Minister Amy Adams has confirmed.

The city, where has been laid by a subsidiary of lines company Northpower, is the first to complete the communal roll-out. Chorus is not due to finish laying UFB in the 24 cities and towns for which it won its roll-out contract until the end of 2019.

Adams and Prime Minister John Key visited Manaia View School in Whangarei to acknowledge the milestone. “As the first fully-fibred city in New Zealand, Whangarei is in the enviable position of getting a head start on the rest of the country,” Adams said.

Well done Northpower and Whangarei.

Around three days ago I told Google drive to back up around 7 GB of photos to the cloud. The result has been my Internet connection has been a trickle for the last 72 hours.

Copper based broadband can do reasonable decent download speeds, but the upload speeds are just inadequate for proper cloud use such as backups. Hence I will be moving onto fibre in the near future.

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10 Responses to “Whangarei now fibre connected”

  1. infused (654 comments) says:

    What most people don’t know about ufb is that most connections carry 2.5mbit/2.5mbit CIR, even the 100mbit connections. You can of course upgrade this at extra cost.

    In a few years, there are going to be big contention issues and fibre will be back to adsl speeds.

    If you upgrade your connection to CIR’s of say Citylink connections, then the price is virtually the same.

    Get what you pay for I guess.

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  2. Alan (1,087 comments) says:

    Actually what matters is international backhual, the rest is mostly fluff

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  3. OneTrack (3,023 comments) says:

    How many users have bought the fibre in Whangarei?

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  4. Sir Cullen's Sidekick (876 comments) says:

    Surprisingly this news item got a good coverage on Labour TV i.e. TV1 in yesterday’s news….strange…

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  5. Bad__Cat (140 comments) says:

    I’m on it – it’s brilliant.

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  6. Jim (397 comments) says:

    “In a few years, there are going to be big contention issues and fibre will be back to adsl speeds.”

    Only if it is spectacularly poorly engineered. For such a sparsely populated country it should be trivially easy to build in that headroom.

    Whangarei is only about 50,000 people. That’s about 5 large apartment complexes in a more densely populated city – where 100Mbit is the norm.

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  7. Barnsley Bill (983 comments) says:

    Two of the larger suburbs are renowned for their complete lack of home computers. Dead cars, wild dogs yes. Equip to connect to interweb. NO

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  8. NoCash (257 comments) says:

    @infused – Unlike leased private point-to-point circuits where CIR matters, I think CIR is a nonissue when it comes to internet connections as the overall performance is always limited to the weakest link, which is mostly out of the control of the ISP/network provider. So PIR is the one that matters.

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  9. GraemeB (10 comments) says:

    I just upgraded my Google account to 1TB. So far I have uploaded 550GB over the last 5 days with the computer running 24/7 with Orcon UFB.

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  10. Camryn (539 comments) says:

    Chorus coming to bring fibre into the house next week. So awesome… existing download speed is pretty good (we watch a lot of HD TV from Amazon and only stops to buffer when we are multitasking on laptops as well) but uploads are a bit weak.

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