Enable Celebrates Remarkable Rolleston Fibre Broadband Uptake04.05.2016
Over half the homes and businesses in Rolleston are now connected and benefitting from fibre broadband – a remarkable uptake rate that sees the town leading the country.
On April 26th, local fibre provider Enable invited the people of Rolleston to join the company, Communications Minister Amy Adams, Selwyn District Mayor Kelvin Coe and some of the BNZ Crusaders (as part of Enable’s Take a Kid to Footy sponsorship) in celebrating how quickly the community has embraced fibre broadband.
New Zealand’s national ultra-fast broadband (UFB) uptake rate is currently a little over twenty percent with some towns approaching thirty percent. Rolleston is at 52 percent.
“Although UFB is the standard in new subdivisions, the rate of penetration in the township’s older suburbs is just as high,” commented Selwyn MP Amy Adams.
“Nationally uptake is very good and Rolleston is two and half times ahead of it. Half of the town is on fibre broadband in just two and a half years since we launched,” said Enable CEO, Steve Fuller.
“This is a globally significant rate of adoption of a new technology by the Rolleston community.”
The almost 3,000 local connections include 1,000 new homes in new suburbs, 100 local businesses and the three primary schools.
“Fibre is transforming communities and changing lives. Fibre broadband removes the tyranny of distance, allowing local businesses to connect with their customers, and potential customers, wherever they are – through tools such as high-definition video. The opportunity to work locally for leading companies that wouldn’t have set up in Rolleston without good connectivity is a reality.
“The three local schools are accessing the wealth of online education tools available to support modern learning, and families can make the most of the new proliferation of online entertainment,” Steve added.
“It’s exciting to see Rolleston at the forefront of fibre broadband uptake,” Mayor Coe said. “Access to fast, reliable communication is a huge advantage for schools, businesses and households alike.”
“The UFB build is now complete in sixteen towns and cities. The first stage of the initiative will enable at least 75 per cent of New Zealanders to access fibre to the premise by 2019, with a second phase expanding reach by at least a further five percent,” Amy concluded.