Getting Connected: Can I Get Fibre Internet at My Address?

Date Jul 24, 2020
Blog category Broadband
By Val Soriano

Have you recently moved house? Or are you looking to connect to broadband for the first time? If so, chances are that you’ve been bombarded with information online about how to get connected. 

With so many broadband options currently available on the market, it can seem a little daunting to sort out your connection. If you’ve decided to go for an ultra fast fibre, there’s likely dozens of questions that you have in mind about how to get connected.

To help you through the process of connecting to fibre, here are the most commonly asked questions about this ultra fast broadband connection.

What is fibre broadband?

Let’s start with the basics; what exactly is fibre broadband? Fibre first rolled out in New Zealand back in 2008. It’s currently the fastest and most reliable type of internet connection available to Kiwis. 

It provides lightening fast speeds through fibre optic cables, which are able to transfer data close to the speed of light. It’s leaps and bounds ahead of both ADSL and VDSL connections, providing speeds of up to 200mbps.

Can I get fibre internet at my address?

Before you can get connected to fibre, you’ll need to make sure that it’s available at your address. It’s easy to check using glimp’s fibre checker - just enter your home address in, and you’ll see all of the latest plans available for your area.

Although not all properties can get fibre, the government - along with Vodafone, Spark and 2degrees - are working hard to install more fibre-fed cabinets across the country through the Rural Broadband Initiative.

What is involved in getting fibre installed?

The exact process will differ for each household, as it depends on both your internet service provider and your property. However, the process generally involves 6 steps:

  • You choose a broadband provider
  • Your fibre installer determines (and gains) authorisation if required
  • Your fibre installer will provide a pre-installation appointment
  • Fibre is connected to the property’s external termination point
  • Your installer completes the internal wiring
  • After the connection is tested, you’re free to enjoy your new fast broadband connection!

How much does it cost to get fibre installed?

For a standard fibre broadband connection, there is no cost for the installation. The cost of a non-standard installation is determined on a case-by-case basis. If you’d like additional in-house wiring installed, you can pay extra for this service.

To start the process of getting fibre installed in your home, check out the latest fibre broadband deals from New Zealand’s leading internet service providers.

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