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Topic # 152135 17-Sep-2014 11:38
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Gigatown finalists and first Gigatown retail broadband provider announced

Chorus has today announced the five towns that have gone through to the final round of the Gigatown competition. Dunedin, Gisborne, Nelson, Timaru and Wanaka have all won places in the final and will go on to compete for the chance to become New Zealand’s first Gigatown.

Chorus can also confirm that Orcon has signed up to be the first retail broadband provider to support Gigatown and will be developing exciting new services for customers over the Chorus fibre network in Gigatown in 2015.

Chorus joint acting General Manager of Marketing and Sales, Mike Lott, says, “The winning town will be ideally placed to become a leading digital innovation hub for New Zealand. With Orcon on board to deliver services in the winning town over our fibre network, we’re looking forward to seeing the infinite possibilities available to Gigatown residents and businesses alike.

“Throughout the competition so far, we’ve seen towns truly inspired by what a country connected with ultra-fast broadband can achieve. We thank all of the towns who have competed in the first round, and look forward to seeing what the finalists will create over the next 11 weeks.”

Orcon General Manager, Mike Shirley, says, “Orcon is excited to be part of Chorus’ Gigatown initiative. It’s great for Kiwis, and it’s great for us, as we can continue to demonstrate our fibre leadership in the New Zealand market.”

The final round of the Gigatown competition kicks off today and towns are now competing to win points across five different challenges, one of which includes developing a plan for gig success, where they can demonstrate how they will best leverage access to gigabit fibre.

The plans for gig success will be judged by a panel of influential New Zealanders, with the New Zealand public also called on to cast their vote for their favourite plan, before the winner is announced on 26 November. The judging panel will be announced at the end of September.

To become Gigatown, finalists will also need to show New Zealand just how much they want to win by demonstrating strong community engagement, through having the loudest voice on social media, and the largest number of supporters.

As part of the competition, Chorus is taking representatives from the five finalist towns to Chattanooga in Tennessee, U.S. so they can see how a community can be transformed by world leading connectivity with gigabit services.

The town that wins Gigatown will receive access to a 1 Gigabit per second (1Gbps) internet connection at entry level wholesale broadband prices for three years, along with two different funds:

 

  • A Gigatown development fund - a $200,000 fund provided by Chorus and Alcatel Lucent’s ng Connect will support entrepreneurs and innovators taking new services to market over the gigabit fibre connection in Gigatown.
  • A Gigatown community fund – this is a $500,000 fund provided by Chorus over a three-year period for organisations in the winning Gigatown that want to kick start community related developments that showcase how gigabit infrastructure and UFB can be activated for social good.




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  Reply # 1130552 17-Sep-2014 11:47
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i just have one small issue, i know there are rules etc, BUT - investing billions of dollars in to any of the 5 other than Dunedin (Otago University town) would be money down the drain, really.

so everyone, please help Dunedin!

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  Reply # 1130565 17-Sep-2014 11:56
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At best it's $700k of cash, Gigatown went moot when the product forum rolled out 1g services on other LFC's and got beaten to first post by UFF




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  Reply # 1130569 17-Sep-2014 11:59
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Beccara: At best it's $700k of cash, Gigatown went moot when the product forum rolled out 1g services on other LFC's and got beaten to first post by UFF

No kidding. I stopped "spamming" #gigatownwhk when that happened, as I'd basically lost interest in something that's ultimately going to be nationwide anyway.

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  Reply # 1130570 17-Sep-2014 12:00
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ah nationwide, well that sounds better then

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  Reply # 1130572 17-Sep-2014 12:01
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Such a waste of time and money, they should be focusing on getting UFB rolled out to everyone first.

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  Reply # 1130596 17-Sep-2014 12:26
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And nobody has addresses how such services will be offered. So far no ISPs have expressed any public interest in partnering with this, and the massive costs that would exist getting data out of Wanaka for example are a cost that will ultimately have to be absorbed by somebody, especially with people having the expectation they'll have 1Gbps for a price similar to their current service.


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  Reply # 1130600 17-Sep-2014 12:29
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sbiddle: So far no ISPs have expressed any public interest in partnering with this


According to the press release above, Orcon have now.

Still not a fan of the way it's been handled, though, seems like a waste of resources.




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  Reply # 1130608 17-Sep-2014 12:42
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I'm sure that the Dunedin City Council has spent a fair bit on a team to run Gigatown promotions, while forgetting to promote the existing fibre that already covers the entire CBD and a large amount of the city.

 

 

 

 

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  Reply # 1130615 17-Sep-2014 12:48
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macuser: I'm sure that the Dunedin City Council has spent a fair bit on a team to run Gigatown promotions, while forgetting to promote the existing fibre that already covers the entire CBD and a large amount of the city.

   


I live in Dunedin, I reckon they have and there's been a constant push in the local free newspaper each week to get involved as well (they've been dedicating a whole page to it). I refused to take part in any of it, Gb fibre will be useful one day and it's good to be able to upgrade later but this is just an annoying marketing exercise and I'd just like to have my area scheduled for UFB rollout.

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  Reply # 1130630 17-Sep-2014 12:59
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Down to 6 hashtags to mute....

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  Reply # 1130944 17-Sep-2014 19:28
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Isnt Primo in Taranaki already offering gigabit UFB or already trialing it?




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  Reply # 1131017 17-Sep-2014 21:06
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raytaylor: Isnt Primo in Taranaki already offering gigabit UFB or already trialing it?

I've seen full flavour is, based in tauranga.


As per above, I think the promotion is a crappy PR stunt from Chorus, where money could be better spent elsewhere. Apparently they have funding problems, and complain to the government and in court etc, yet they have $700k to give away in a competition.

Good on UFF for leading by example to say get on with it and cut the gimmicks.

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  Reply # 1131025 17-Sep-2014 21:22
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macuser: I'm sure that the Dunedin City Council has spent a fair bit on a team to run Gigatown promotions, while forgetting to promote the existing fibre that already covers the entire CBD and a large amount of the city.

   


I live 1 km from CBD - no fibre. my backdoor neighbour has though

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  Reply # 1131028 17-Sep-2014 21:26
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raytaylor: Isnt Primo in Taranaki already offering gigabit UFB or already trialing it?


They are only trialling it with 1 staff member as far as I am aware.





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  Reply # 1131029 17-Sep-2014 21:29
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The UFF product isn't upto spec either for the other LFC's hence the product forum building a national product




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