Fibre network goes live

Michelle Arnesen (fourth from left) surrounded by the Northpower Fibre team, is one of the first locals to connect to the UFB network in Dargaville and described the changeover as ‘seamless’

Dargaville now has access to fast broadband with the Northpower Fibre UFB network going live in the first part of the town two months ahead of schedule

With the first stage, 500 households can connect, with another 500 in a month when the second stage goes live.

“When you think about the fact that Northpower’s origins began in Dargaville back in 1920 — which is when the Northern Wairoa Hydro Electric Power Board was formed — it’s nice to be bringing the latest in broadband technology to the town where it all started,” says Northpower Fibre chief executive, Darren Mason.

“The message I want to get out there is for people to go to to register their interest, so we can connect their home or business as soon as possible to the fibre network, which is ready and waiting just outside their gate. It costs no more to get the ultra-fast broadband experience right now.” 

The UFB expansion will be completed within a year giving a further 1,100 connections.

Mangawhai will be completed in three stages, with construction of the network currently underway, and other Kaipara towns include Kaiwaka, Maungaturoto, Paparoa and Ruawai.

The Kaipara District is the biggest beneficiary of the expansion giving 6,000 people access to ultra-fast broadband, compared to just over 3,000 in Whangarei District, by 2021. 


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