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UFB2 contracts awarded - 700GB/month per household by 2020

Paul Brislen, Editor. 26 January 2017, 9:34 am

The government has awarded contracts for the second wave of Ultra Fast Broadband (UFB) fibre to the home project that will extend the reach of fibre to 85% of the population.

The extension project will cost $300 million and mean an additional 423,000 people in 151 centres will be able to access UFB services by 2025.

The existing UFB providers, Chorus, Enable, Ultrafast Fibre and Northpower, have won the extension work with the bulk of it going to Chorus.

Chorus CEO Mark Ratcliffe says he's pleased with the win and in a written statement the company says usage levels have exceeded expectations.

"In 2011, as the first phase of UFB was announced, the average household used about 13 gigabytes of internet data a month. This has grown to more than 120 gigabytes a month today with nearly half of all broadband customers having made the move to unlimited data plans."

Ratcliffe expects that figure to grow consistently as the UFB rollout continues.

"With no signs of demand waning, we're forecasting average monthly usage of 680 gigabytes by 2020 as people access more and more online content and switch on to activities like video streaming," said Ratcliffe.

The full UFB project map can be found on the Crown Fibre website.


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