Enable aims for 50,000 Christchurch fibre connections by mid-2017
- 19 December, 2016 05:19
Local families and businesses are being challenged to make the switch to fibre broadband, as Enable’s network reaches three quarters of the greater Christchurch community.
“We’re fast approaching 40,000 customers connected to our network and this number will grow to over 50,000 by midway through 2017,” Enable CEO, Steve Fuller, said.
“We have been working hard increasing our connection capability and we are now connecting over 100 households and businesses per day - that’s 2,000 per month and still growing.”
Fuller said Enable has now completed its fibre broadband network roll-out to over 133,000 homes and businesses in Christchurch, Rolleston, Lincoln, Rangiora, Kaiapoi and Woodend - 75 per cent of its total coverage area.
In addition, almost all of the western and northern parts of Christchurch, as well as Rolleston and Lincoln, can connect, alongside “large amounts of coverage” across the rest of the city and in parts of Rangiora, Kaiapoi and Woodend.
Within a few months, Fuller said more eastern parts of Christchurch will also have access to Enable’s fibre broadband with thousands of new addresses being launched each month.
Furthermore, the provider is also increasing its presence in the three Waimakariri towns it covers, as well as in the hill suburbs of Christchurch as it works to complete the remaining network build by December 2018, at the latest.
As Enable continues to extend fibre broadband availability across greater Christchurch, Fuller said demand has accelerated at a much higher than expected rate and is now “years ahead of what was predicted a few years ago”.
“We have responded to the demand growth and prepared our business to connect more and more customers - and we are ready to connect even more now,” he said.
“Our customers are telling us that getting connected to fibre is well worth it and they would not want to go back to a non-fibre broadband service.
“We know many families who are seeing their internet demands increase dramatically as their children grow and do more things online - and they are confident that fibre broadband will keep up with their future needs.
“Businesses of all sizes and across all sectors - from large construction companies to small suburban hair salons - are switching to fibre broadband to enjoy a range of productivity, efficiency and new service benefits.”