Rolleston gets the connection

by Mike Isle

Rolleston leads the way when it comes to uptake of fibre broadband connectivity, according to figures released by network provider Enable.

According to Enable, almost 70 per cent of Rolleston’s homes and businesses are connected to the fibre network, making the town the most connected community in or around Christchurch, and one of the most connected in New Zealand.

Rolleston, at 69% connectivity, is closely followed by Wigram (67%), Halswell (57%) and Lincoln (55%).

Enable’s chief executive, Steve Fuller, said people no longer accept their broadband connection limiting their ability to enjoy the proliferation of online entertainment services like Netflix, Lightbox and Neon.

“Approximately 27,000 customers connected to fibre broadband during 2018 our busiest year for connecting customers ever. It’s clear that more and more people are realising that they need the very best broadband service in their home, in order to ensure that their online experience is never interrupted,” Mr Fuller said. “Having a super-fast, ultra-reliable broadband connection will be even more important in 2019 with the coverage for several leading sports moving to internet-based streaming.”

Enable’s fibre broadband network covers Christchurch and the surrounding towns, and the company finished 2018 with almost 90,000 customers connected to its network.