20,000 more businesses, schools and homes to receive fibre broadband by July 2014

Fibre network provider, Enable has today announced its fibre broadband build programme to July 2014, with a focus on delivering services to more business areas and to schools. 

“Schools and businesses will benefit significantly from fibre broadband immediately and are an important priority for Enable” said CEO, Steve Fuller.

“With this in mind, our network build for the next year will deliver fibre broadband services to 29 more schools – meaning 114 local schools will have access to fibre – and around 2,500 businesses in Christchurch, Rangiora and Kaiapoi.”

Enable builds its network to a number of streets in an area at once, meaning the announcement includes good news for about 17,500 home owners in suburbs across the city.

“While providing fibre to the schools and businesses, we will make services available to nearby homes at the same time,” said Mr Fuller.

“This announcement includes Enable delivering fibre broadband to homes in the eastern and southern parts of Christchurch for the first time – as well as the first time we will be providing services in Waimakariri District to Rangiora and Kaiapoi.”

To find out for sure whether an address will be able to connect to fibre broadband by July 2014, people should visit enable.net.nz.

The areas where Enable will be providing service over the coming year include:

  • Commercial centres in Rangiora and Kaiapoi (as previously announced)
  • Remaining areas in Redwood, and parts of Northwood and Belfast
  • Parts of Bryndwr, Strowan and Merivale
  • Parts of Russley, Avonhead and Sockburn
  • Large parts of Spreydon
  • Commercial parts of Sydenham
  • Parts of Edgeware, Shirley, Richmond and Dallington
  • Parts of Avondale, Wainoni, Aranui and North New Brighton

Enable has already made fibre broadband services available to most commercial areas in Christchurch; Halswell; large parts of Papanui, Bishopdale and Redwood; and some parts of Rolleston. With more areas expected to be completed very soon.

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