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Gamers behind biggest data surge since Rugby World Cup

Chorus’ biggest data traffic surge since the Rugby World Cup took Kurt Rodgers, the company’s network strategy manager by surprise. Yesterday we had the biggest surge of traffic on the @ChorusNZ network since the RWC. Thought it might be people working from home, but it turns out #CallOfDutywarzone was released at 4am NZT. pic.twitter.com/xFNfSJHrm4 —…

What Hyperfibre says about fixed-line broadband

Early next year Chorus will start rolling out Hyperfibre, that is faster fibre services of up to 4Gbps. Forget whether you might need that speed today and focus instead on what it says about fibre broadband. Not many countries boast residential broadband services running faster than a gigabit per second. When I looked, I found…

New Zealand’s fibre unbundling feedback howl

On Thursday Chorus released its proposed unbundled fibre pricing for industry feedback. Would-be unbundlers responded with a noise resembling what you might hear when placing an electric guitar in front of an amplifier: a loud howl. This was always going to happen. New Zealand’s telecommunications regulations mean that the fibre networks must, by law, be…

Chorus network connections hit 100Mbps average

Chorus says the average connection speed across its network has now passed 100Mbps. This is ten times the average connection speed eight years ago.  Last month also saw the busiest day yet on the company’s network: total usage hit 1.815Tbps. The previous record was 1.792Tbps. Chorus network strategy manager Kurt Rodgers says 71 percent of…

Chorus trials more-than-you-can-eat 10Gbps ahead of demand

You may be right if you think you’re not ready for or don’t need 10Gbps residential broadband. For now, it’s a niche product for a niche market. Yet it won’t be long before it is mainstream. Next month, New Zealanders will be able to test the world’s fastest residential broadband. From mid-March, 30 volunteers will…