Clutha District Council Media Release
Tuesday, 20 September 2016
Better internet access on the way
Faster internet speeds are on the way thanks to Clutha District Council’s investment in the North Balclutha subdivision.
As the developer of the subdivision Council is required to supply services such as water, power and telecommunications at the site.
So, Council has teamed up with the telecommunications company Greenfields and its sister company Rural Networks South Island to lay fibre cable into the 60-lot subdivision.
The added benefit of this is the ability to also provide high-speed Wi-Fi to other households and businesses in Balclutha.
Clutha District Council Chief Executive Steve Hill said Council carried out a comprehensive analysis of telecommunication options for the subdivision.
“It was identified that Greenfields could not only provide a competitive fibre solution, but in doing so could also provide a high-speed Wi-Fi solution for the greater Balclutha area.”
Council is also investigating if the recent ducting of the main street can be utilised by Greenfields to provide fibre direct to businesses along the main street.
What’s more all of that additional functionality can be provided at a similar cost to quotes received for providing fibre in the subdivision only, Mr Hill said.
This work is consistent with Council’s economic development and Living and Working in Clutha strategies.
“It’s a quick win for improving our businesses and residents’ IT capacity and I’d describe it as extremely good news”, Mr Hill said.
Economic Development Agency, Clutha Development’s Chief Executive Linda Moore agreed and said it will be a great boost to businesses’ capability, allowing better efficiency and the opportunity for growth.
“It will meet the expectations of the district’s consumers and encourage businesses to invest and people to live and work here.”
Greenfields is a nationwide broadband and network provider for small towns and small business.
Its Chief Executive Brent Nicholson said not only is high quality internet becoming the foundation of every home, but tourists are known to stay longer in towns with high-speed internet and businesses are attracted to towns with strong internet services.
Geographically Balclutha is well-suited to wireless internet and Greenfields is already delivering high speed internet in Cromwell, Pisa and Bannockburn, Mr Nicholson said.
“The rural broadband roll out is not arriving fast enough so companies such as ours will become common providers of high-speed internet in the future.”
Clutha District Mayor Bryan Cadogan described the move as an exciting game changer.
“To get the speeds we need to and to future proof ourselves is great news for both businesses and households.”
The Wi-Fi service should be accessible before the end of the year, with fibre being available when the subdivision is completed in early 2017.
Speed in the subdivision will be approximately 100 megabits per second (mbps) and outside of the subdivision it will be approximately 50mbps. There will be no data cap on the plan.