What is Hyperfibre, and why should you care?

If you thought fibre broadband speeds were fast, wait until you try Hyperfibre.

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It doesn’t seem that long ago that the Government released its plans to rollout ultra-fast broadband (UFB) 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.

In 2020, Chorus network customers are being introduced to a new era of broadband technology called Hyperfibre, 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 2Gbps and 4Gbps download speeds initially, with the potential for 8Gbps to be introduced at a later time. To put that into perspective, standard UFB sits at 100Mbps, with the fastest option around 950Mbps-1Gbps.

Thanks to the exponential speed increase, Chorus suggests that Kiwis will get 59 hours back into their lives a year since there will be less time spent waiting for uploads and downloads. There will be no problems with streaming Netflix in ultra HD, buffering will be a long lost 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 is rolling out Hyperfibre to telco cabinet and exchange areas through 2020 according to the following schedule:

  • February – Cromwell, Wanaka, Queenstown, Wakatipu and Arrowtown
  • March- Courtney Place, Wellington, Miramar, Johnsonville
  • April – Waikiwi, Invercargill East, Invercargill
  • May- Auckland, Avondale, Birkenhead, Ponsonby, Mayoral Drive
  • June – Palmerston North
  • September – The remainder of Chorus’s UFB1 fibre network

While this rollout will cover 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 network even further to reach more Kiwis. 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 UFB 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 who have multiple simultaneous downloads and businesses who want the speed to get things done quicker than ever before.

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