Is this the end of Gigatown?

Is this the end of Gigatown?
Friday, April 12, 2019

Today Chorus has confirmed that subsidised wholesale pricing for Dunedin’s gigabit fibre connections, as part of the Gigatown competition, will end on 30 June 2019. Since Dunedin was named New Zealand’s Gigatown five years ago - coming out on top out of 27 towns and cities to get one-gigabit-per-second internet, the fastest in the Southern Hemisphere - gigabit fibre has been rolled out to nearly 53,000 homes and businesses, and there have been around 13,000 new gigabit connections.

What is Gigatown?

Gigatown was a competition where the winner would receive internet speeds of 1gigabit per second - giving it the fastest internet in the Southern Hemisphere.  Gigabit connectivity is approximately 100x faster than standard home broadband, or 10x faster than Ultra Fast Broadband (100mbps).  Dunedin was announced as the winner on Wednesday 26 November 2014, and the first gigabit connections are scheduled to be activated in February 2015.  Priority will be given to places that will benefit the entire community such as public hospitals, schools, the University of Otago and Otago Polytechnic, libraries, and other community outlets.   
However the prize also enables Dunedin residents, who have, or who will get fibre installed in their street to be able to access gigabit speeds at home.  You can check when your street will get fibre installed by visiting the Chorus website.  Chorus is the lines provider, not an Internet Service Provider (ISP) so you will need to contact your ISP to determine the cost of a gigabit connected plan, but Chorus have promised Dunedin wholesale rates for the first three years of service.

What to do next?

Luckily for Dunedin customers of Stuff Fibre, the special pricing will be extended until that date in 2020. Stuff Fibre will continue its current pricing for customers on a gigabit plan up to the end of June 2020. New and existing Dunedin Stuff Fibre customers can add the gigabit extension to their plan.

Any other options?

Yes, other providers supply cheap enough options to compete with the Stuff Fibre deal. In the last 5 years, prices on Gigabit plans had dropped significantly and keep falling. According to Broadband Pulse report, popularity of these plans has rocketed and now is around 4% of all fibre connections. Modern families can’t imagine themselves without good-speed broadband. More and more people are streaming, playing games and spending significant part of their day online. 
Here are some great Gigabit options that are available for everyone. 

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  1.  This promotion can't be used in conjunction with any other Stuff Fibre promotion.
  2.  This offer is only available to new customers to Stuff Fibre who sign up from 21 January 2019 on a 12 month or 24 month contract term.
  3.  If you sign up for a 12 month contract term you will receive your first month of Fibre base services for free, which will be applied as a credit for your Fibre Base services on your invoice. If you sign up for a 24 month contract term you will receive your first three months of of Fibre base services for free, which will be for your Fibre Base services on your invoice.
  4.  Additional fees for other services such as boost, Voice and shipping are excluded from the offer, and you will be charged in full for these services.
  5.  If your Fibre base service is cancelled prior to the expiry of the contract term then our standard exit fees apply. For a “12 Month Term” an Exit Fee of $99 applies. For a “24 Month Term” an Exit Fee of $255 applies
  6.  You will be eligible to receive the Loyalty Discount available at the date you sign up.
  7.  Otherwise, the Stuff Fibre terms and policies will continue to apply as normal.

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- MyRepublic employees (or their families) are ineligible to participate in the Offer.
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Rental router

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SIX MONTHS HALF PRICE, FREE MODEM RENTAL, FREE STANDARD INSTALLATION*, IT'S A WIN-WIN. 12 MONTH CONTRACT APPLIES. Free modem while you're with Slingshot. Free standard install. Offer for new residential customers only. Service not available everywhere. 12 month contract and $250 early termination fee applies. Not valid with any other offers. *If you are installing a new broadband connection or moving into a new address (move house) at the time of sign-up, a $52 installation fee will apply.

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