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Challenges in deploying fibre optic cable to 87% of New Zealand premises

Joint institutions breakfast event

New Zealand’s multi-billion dollar roll out of a “fibre to the home” network is one of New Zealand’s largest infrastructure projects, rewiring the country on a street by street, house by house basis.  It is projected to cover 87% of the population in a few years’ time.  

The project has overcome a number of challenges over the years, such as establishing a programme to pass one house a minute with fibre for 8 years from a standing start, and coping with installation demand many times greater than anticipated.  A new set of challenges are being worked through as the roll out moves from the major urban centres to much more widely dispersed build areas.  In global terms, NZ’s fibre to the home programme is considered to be a leader, and much more successful than the Australian equivalent.  A number of Chorus’ experiences are likely to be of relevance to other projects and industries.


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11 Sep 2019

7:15am - 9:00am

Add to Calendar 09/11/2019 07:15 09/11/2019 09:00 Challenges in deploying fibre optic cable to 87% of New Zealand premises Andrew Carroll will address the challenges that Chorus has experienced in implementing one of the largest telecommunication projects ever undertaken in New Zealand 2-8 Maginnity St, Wellington, 6011, New Zealand


Wellington Local Network


Andrew Carroll

Andrew Carroll

Network and Field Management - Chrous

Andrew is responsible for Chorus’ network and field management activity, including communal fibre build, fibre connect and all network maintenance. Prior to this, Andrew had been Chorus’ chief financial officer from the time of demerger.

Prior to Chorus, Andrew held various finance roles in Telecom and worked closely with many in the Chorus team on the ultra-fast broadband negotiations with the Crown through the demerger process. Before that he was a director of investment banking at Credit Suisse First Boston New Zealand.


Wellesley Boutique Hotel

2 Maginnity Street
New Zealand



$15 for members, $30 for guests

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