Chorus today unveiled its next generation 10Gbit/s fibre service, dubbed "Hyperfibre", but services will be somewhat slower than that maximum initially.
While Hyperfibre will unlock the ability to deliver speeds of up to 10 Gbit/s, the company said it would roll out speeds of 2Gbit/s and 4Gbit/s initially with an 8Gbit/s service coming at an unspecified time in the future.
The services will be symmetric, with the same speeds for both download and upload.
The roll-out would see New Zealand become one of only 10 countries in the world to deploy broadband faster than the older gigabit passive optical networks (GPON) standard, Chorus said.
Instead Chorus will use XGS-PON, the International Telecommunications Union's standard developed in 2016.
Ed Hyde, Chorus’ chief customer officer said Hyperfibre illustrated the "near limitless" potential of fibre networks to enable a new era of high-capacity creativity, innovation and efficiency.
“With uploads and downloads happening in a blink of an eye, we can expect time and productivity savings across the board, especially for customers who transfer large amounts of data, such as creative industries."
Film and video production was one of the industries that Spark targeted in its trial of the technology, announced in February. This morning's launch was held at one of those trial sites - multi-media agency Augusto's Auckland offices in City Works Depot.
Also offering exceptionally low latency, Hyperfibre would also offer new ways to collaborate and the potential to revolutionise digital business models, Hyde said.
"Obvious advocates will be those using high performance software applications that depend on real-time communication and high-resolution images, such as remote medical diagnostics and surgery, instantaneous software prototyping, as well as gaming and interactive entertainment services.”
Mariano Segedin, head of operations at Augusto, said hyper connectivity has been critical to the workflow and growth of the company's New York office and client base.
“Having trialed Hyperfibre services, a 1 TB file (1000 GB) that would ordinarily take 12 hours to download/upload, now takes just 18 minutes," Segedin said.
Chorus said most of the infrastructure required for Hyperfibre was already in place and it intended to release services region-by-region from February 2020.
An indicative timeline shows Chorus' roll-out is targeting film production sites initially, with rollouts subject to regulatory approvals.
First, in February 2020, will be (by exchange area) Queenstown, Arrowtown, Wakatipu, Wanaka and Cromwell, followed in March by Courtenay Place, Johnsonville, Miramar and Wellington.
In April, Invercargill, Invercargill East, Invercargill South and Waikiwi could enjoy the services followed by Auckland, Avondale, Birkenhead, Mayoral Drive and Ponsonby.
Palmerston North is scheduled for June and the wider Chorus UFB1 fibre network starting in September.
Wholesale pricing for Hyperfibre services is yet to be finalised but is expected to be a "modest premium" on current Gbit/s pricing, Chorus said.