As hard as it might be, as expensive as it might be, mobile networks constantly are pushed to supply more bandwidth. The ability to compete with fixed networks sometimes is an issue. Though largely seen as a 5G development, when mobile speeds will be in gigabit ranges, at least for millimeter wave small cells, vast increases in fixed network bandwidth are changing consumer perspectives about what a “market standard” service features, in terms of speed.

Chorus, the New Zealand wholesale access provider,  is extending its gigabit (1Gbps) residential and business fiber Internet access service across its entire “Ultra-Fast Broadband” (UFB) footprint, starting October 1, 2016.

Currently, the average download speed across Chorus’ networks is 30.5 Mbps.

In practice, customers will see download speeds between 900 Mbps and 970 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 500 Mbps.

Chorus’ residential wholesale gigabit broadband service will be available to broadband retailers at an introductory price of $60 per month until 30 June 2017, after which it increases to $65 per month.

The business service will be priced at $75 per month from launch.