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What is Hyperfibre?
If you thought fibre broadband speeds were fast, wait until you try Hyperfibre.
It doesn’t seem that long ago that the Government released its plans to roll out fibre broadband in New Zealand. Boasting download and upload speeds much higher than ADSL and VDSL, fibre was a welcome addition to the broadband market due to its reliability, low latency and lightening-fast speeds.
Chorus network customers are being introduced to a new era of broadband technology called Hyperfibre in 2020, with New Zealand being one of only a handful of countries to introduce the service so far.
Featuring exhilarating speeds, high capacity and a smoother experience than ever seen before, Hyperfibre is set to change the way homes, businesses and education centres operate.
Just how fast is Hyperfibre?
Chorus is launching Hyperfibre with 2,000Mbps and 4,000Gbps download speeds initially, with the potential for 8,000Mbps to be introduced at a later time.
Hyperfibre 4,000 Gbps is up to 40x faster than the standard broadband speed of 100Mbps. To give an example, say you’re downloading a 15 GB game update, with 100Mbps this will take 21 minutes with 4000Mbps it takes 30 seconds.
Thanks to the exponential speed increase and less time spent waiting for uploads and downloads, Chorus suggests that Kiwis will get 59 hours back into their lives every year. There will be no problems with streaming Netflix in ultra HD, buffering will be a happily forgotten memory, and downloads will complete in a fraction of the usual time.
An Auckland production house that trialled 8Gbps Hyperfibre saw that the time it took to send and receive terabyte-sized files dropped to just 18 minutes from the usual 12 hours.
Where is Hyperfibre available?
Chorus has completed the first phase of the Hyperfibre rollout to its UFB1 network which is around 75% of the population or 1.5 million households and businesses. While the Hyperfibre rollout covers a lot of New Zealand’s main cities and towns, there are some areas that do not fall under Chorus’s UFB1 fibre network.
However, from 2020 to 2022, Chorus will be expanding its fibre network even further to reach more Kiwis. Information on its website says that it’s been given the green light for UFB2 which extends to a further 169 areas in Northland and Southland, effectively connecting an additional 200,000 households and businesses.
You can see which areas are being added by looking at the Chorus broadband map and using the date slider in the top right-hand corner.
Is Hyperfibre right for me?
If you’re already utilising fibre in your home, you may be content with the experience you are having. While it doesn’t make much sense for a single person who is a light internet user to shift to Hyberfibre, it is beneficial for households with heavy internet users and gamers. It is also worth considering for businesses who want the speed to get things done quicker than ever before.
How can I sign up for Hyperfibre?
There are a couple of ISPs in New Zealand currently providing hyperfibre plans:
- MyRepublic has 12 month contracts with plans of $149 per month for 2000Mbps or $179 per month for 4000Mbps. They also have special plans for gamers that cost $10 more for the same speeds but include additional support and exclusive offers and event invites.
- Orcon is offering Fibre 4000 for $195 per month with a $199 set up fee and 12 month contract.
We expect to see more ISPs offering Hyperfibre plans in the future as the rollout continues.
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