Monday, 20 February 2017 16:40

Spark NZ, Enable partner on ‘street in a week’ broadband trial

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New Zealand’s largest telco Spark has teamed up with professional services firm Enable in a Christchurch trial of its "street in a week" programme which is upgrading customers to broadband networks from old copper networks across the country.

Trials are taking place in Chistchurch in parts of the suburbs of Avonhead, Riccarton, Burnside, Russley and Sockburn this week, followed by trials in parts of Shirley, Papanui, Richmond, St Albans, and Dallington next week.

Spark says up to 180 households with Spark copper broadband are being offered the opportunity to upgrade to fibre within a “significantly shortened timeframe”.

Spark’s head of South Island, Paul Deavoll, said, “Enable is an important partner of ours, as the local fibre network provider for greater Christchurch”.

“We’re thrilled to be collaborating with them on an initiative that we hope will result in more of our customers being able to quickly and smoothly move onto fibre.”

Enable chief executive Steve Fuller said the street-in-a-week programme meant the company could provide a “better customer experience and shorter connection time for fibre broadband customers in our community”.

“We’re very excited about the opportunity to partner with Spark on what could be a game-changing approach to installing fibre broadband.”

According to Spark, nationwide, 31% of New Zealanders who have fibre laid in their streets had chosen to upgrade from copper and the "street in a week" initiative aimed to make it as “easy as possible for more New Zealanders to make the move”.


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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired and is a "volunteer" writer for iTWire. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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