Enable launches 1Gbps fibre broadband service

19 August 2016 | Jason McGee-Abe


New Zealand operator Enable has launched a 1Gbps wholesale fibre broadband service to greater Christchurch.

In the last year the demand for fibre broadband services has surged in Christchurch and many more residents are switching providers to Enable. Its CEO, Steve Fuller, believes “this is a very exciting development in the broadband market”.

“A service capable of delivering up to a Gigabit broadband speeds is hands down the fastest residential broadband service ever to be available to Christchurch homes.”

The majority of residential customers are presently ordering services with download speeds of 100Mbps or 200Mbps, rather than the base-level 30Mbps that served homes well when Enable first launched fibre broadband to the mass-market in 2012. 

With more existing fibre broadband users upgrading to faster speeds, Enable has launched the service to provide higher quality broadband as we all connect more devices.

With more online entertainment options and higher expectations of online videos to be in ultra-high definition, Enable’s new wholesale service provides download speeds of 1Gbps and upload speeds of up to 550Mbps.

“Upload speeds are becoming increasingly important to consumers and will become even more important in the future. Upload speeds impact the rate at which we can safely store our family memories in the cloud or share our own creative content online,” said Fuller.

Enable will work with its retail service providers to support them to launch the new services to homes in Christchurch, Rangiora, Kaiapoi, Woodend, Rolleston and Lincoln “as soon as possible”.