Ultrafast Fibre Ltd began construction of its ultrafast broadband (UFB) network on 26 April in Tokoroa.
Works began on Swanston Lane in Central Tokoroa and will continue over the next two and a half years.
Ultrafast Fibre’s 73.9 kilometre network in Tokoroa will include 57.5km of underground cable and 16.4km of overhead cable. The build will be completed by the end of 2014 and a total number of 4587 premises will be passed.
“The first Tokoroa premises can start connecting to our local fibre network after November this year,” says Ultrafast Fibre Ltd CEO, Maxine Elliott.
Ms Elliott says as network construction gets underway, the company is working to ensure the rollout causes as little disruption as possible.
“People will begin to see our crews working throughout Tokoroa. Some of this work involves digging small trenches in front of properties to lay the fibre and closing them back up again. Other work involves stringing cable along overhead lines.
“Our aim is to construct the local fibre network as quickly and efficiently as possible. We want to bring the excitement of ultrafast broadband to the people of Tokoroa in a way that provides a good experience for the community,” she explains.
In addition to laying fibre in Tokoroa, Ultrafast Fibre Ltd is currently laying fibre in New Plymouth, Wanganui, Hamilton and Tauranga.
The company plans to begin construction of their local fibre network in Hawera during May and Cambridge and Te Awamutu during July. A combined total of 3,000 kilometres will be laid in all eight centres.
Maps detailing the work being done by Ultrafast Fibre in Tokoroa can be viewed at www.ultrafastbroadband.co.nz/coverage-areas. Visit www.ultrafastbroadband.co.nz for more information.