Ultra-Fast Broadband Network Launched

The first stage of an ultra-fast broadband network has been launched.

Taitokerau Networks - owned by partners Whaingaroa, Ngāti Whātua and Te Rarawa, together with New Zealand companies Datalight and FX Networks - has built the first stage of a fibre-optic cable network to take high-speed internet from Auckland to the Far North.

The project allows for internet service providers to buy capacity on the link, which will compete with TelstraClear and Telecom cables connecting the two regions.

The project is already attracting new customers like Ultracom, which connects more than 300 Whangarei households on the Northpower fibre network, Taitokerau iwi spokesman Haami Piripi says.

Mr Piripi says the project is a historical milestone, the first iwi owned long-haul network in the country.

"It has provided a sound basis for the development of an ongoing productive relationship with the companies involved for other projects throughout Taitokerau which will help to stimulate the regional economy.

"With the network completed, we are excited about the opportunities for our iwi to improve education, employment, health, and prosperity across the predominantly under-served rural Northland region.

"Tauhoa Primary School is one example of how we aim to serve the rural community through this network," he says.

Datalight managing director Roger MacDonald says the ability to deliver gigabit per second-plus speeds with extremely low latency over the full 210km of network in a single span is testament to the demanding specifications used by Taitokerau Networks for their fibre optic network.