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New Zealand telecommunications provider Chorus has announced that it will be running a trial of 10 gigabit per second and SME fibre broadband from mid-March.

This widens the gap with what Australian broadband can offer, with the national broadband network only supporting 100Mbps over most of its rollout. Select areas that have received fibre-to-the-home can support this speed theoretically, but providers have not ventured that far, only offering 1Gbps.

In a statement, Chorus said four retail service providers — 2degrees, Kordia, Stuff Fibre and Trustpower — had signed up to take part in the 10Gbps service, which will be offered in Wellington and Auckland, initially for 30 customers.

The 10Gbps service has been built using Nokia's XGS-PON fibre solution and will offer the speed upstream and down, using the existing Chorus fibre broadband infrastructure.

"Our 10 gigabit-per-second residential and SME trial will see New Zealanders accessing one of the fastest broadband services available on the planet", said Chorus chief customer cfficer, Ed Hyde.

“It also reinforces the ability to easily upgrade the world-class fibre infrastructure we have been building as the latest technologies become available.

"In the last eight years, New Zealand has seen a meteoric progression in broadband capability. In 2011 the average broadband speed was just 10Mbps or so.

"When Chorus’ fibre plans first launched in 2012 the top speed then available was 100Mbps. We were then the first to make gigabit fibre broadband available in 2014 and today this is the fastest growing plan on our network with more than 44,000 customers.

“We're truly thrilled to be trialling our 10Gbps fibre service, a service we know will underpin New Zealand's digital future and continue our decade-long commitment to innovation and keeping New Zealand’s broadband infrastructure at the cutting edge."

Individuals interested in taking part in the trial have been asked to contact their broadband providers. They will need to:

  • have a current gigabit fibre service on Chorus’ network;
  • be based in Avondale, Birkenhead (Auckland) or Johnsonville (Wellington);
  • be with one of the four broadband providers who have signed up to the trial service;
  • have access to a computer or device with an available 10G/bit Ethernet port; and
  • be willing to provide feedback to Chorus on their experience with the service.
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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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