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What is Hyperfibre?

How does download speeds of 8,000Mbps sound? Welcome to 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?

Hyperfibre is staggeringly fast, with current plans offering up to 8,000Mbps. For context, that’s 80 times faster than the ‘fast’ 100Mpbs broadband plans many of us are used to. To give an example, say you’re downloading a 15 GB game update, with 100Mbps this will take 21 minutes with 8,000Mbps it takes 15 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 80% 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 until 2022, Chorus will be expanding its fibre network even further to reach more Chorus has 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 number of broadband providers with Hyperfibre plans. The two biggest are:

  • MyRepublic has 12 month contracts with plans of $159 per month for 2,000Mbps or $189 per month for 4,000Mbps. 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 offers Hyperfibre plans from 2,000Mbps up to 8,000Mbps, with the latter costing $274.95 per month for a 12 month contract.

If Hyperfibre is not available where you live at the moment, you can register to receive updates from Chorus when it is in your area. In the meantime, check out the latest broadband deals.

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