Patchy UFB coverage for Auckland?

, posted: 28-Sep-2012 14:12

A media release from CIT minister Amy Adams arrived earlier today. It states:

Year three ultra-fast broadband deployment plan released

Communications and Information Technology Minister Amy Adams has welcomed the release of Chorus' year three deployment plan for the rollout of the Government's Ultra-Fast Broadband programme.

Chorus today confirmed that work to deploy the UFB network in Feilding, Gisborne, Greymouth, Kapiti, Levin, Pukekohe, Upper Hutt and Waiuku will start between July 2013 and June 2014.

Once work has started in the regions covered in Chorus' year three deployment plan, the UFB rollout will have commenced in 32 towns and cities throughout New Zealand.

Ms Adams says the deployment plan released today shows good progress is being made on a project that will ultimately transform the New Zealand economy.

"The UFB initiative is central to the government's economic growth plan. The Government's broadband policies are a big part of our plans to lift the long-term performance of our economy, create jobs, and boost incomes," Ms Adams says.

"The future of broadband is in fibre, and it will bring significant gains for productivity, innovation and global reach."

The UFB initiative involves Government investment of $1.35 billion - alongside private sector funding - to roll out fibre to schools, hospitals, and 90 per cent of businesses by 2016, and links to homes and remaining businesses completed by 2019.

The Government has a separate $300 million Rural Broadband Initiative to address the specific broadband infrastructure needs of rural New Zealand.

It will bring faster broadband to 86 per cent of rural homes and businesses, with peak speeds of at least 5Mbps.  Before the RBI was launched, about 20 per cent of rural homes and businesses had access to 5Mbps, and about half of the rural community used dial-up.

No mention of Auckland. What's Chorus doing in our biggest city then? I headed over to and used the err, map there to get an idea of what UFB deployment time line for Auckland might be.

Auckland UFB zones

Selecting the UFB Zones Layer on the map shows that all of Auckland will be covered, ditto Waiuku and Pukekohe down south. Eastwards, Beachlands, Maretai and bit further north, parts of Waiheke Island. North, Whangapararoa and Orewa will get UFB too.

Doesn't say when though. The UFB deployment in Auckland has already started on a modest scale, but when will the city have full coverage? To find out, I deselected the general UFB Zones Layer, and selected the Layers for Year 1, 2 and 3. This is what Chorus' Auckland UFB coverage will look like by June 2015 2014:

UFB coverage year 1 2 3

That's a very different picture, with large swathes of Auckland not being covered by the UFB until well, I don't know when really.

Also, the UFB coverage is really patchy. What gives?

Update For completeness, here's the Chorus Business Fibre layer too for Auckland:

UFB business fibre

Update II This from Crown Fibre Holdings' fact sheet on the agreement with Chorus:

UFB Marketplace
The population of the new Auckland Super City is estimated at nearly 1,462,000 people.  This
includes more than 24,200 business premises, more than 400 schools and more than 2,500 medical
and other healthcare services, as well as more than 1,300 other, mixed used premises.

Indicative Build Timeframe
August 2011 marks the beginning of an eight and a half year build programme. All health premises
and schools will be covered by December 2015, with ninety percent of businesses complete then

So, eight-and-a-half years to completion in Auckland.

The most recent CFH progress report I can find is from April 2012, and has this long term deployment charts:

Long term deployment slide

Hard to make out for sure, but it looks like 250,000 premises passed by June next year, just over 400,000 by June 2014, and 600,000 by June 2015. Looks like Chorus' rollout pace is around 100,000 premises passed per year.

A premises by location chart would be useful.

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The problem with VDSL2, part 2
The problem with VDSL2
The mysterious Dynamic Line Management on VDSL2

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