CallPlus is getting ready to hook up Wanaka businesses to UFB, the final step in a long campaign to bring fibre to the area.
The company will share its plans for connecting businesses at the opening of The Cell tomorrow. The Cell is Wanaka’s new incubator-style facility in the centre of town, which will provide a space for start-ups and innovative small businesses to thrive.
CallPlus says it will be connecting The Cell to the UFB network in just a few weeks, as soon as Chorus has completed rolling out the required fibre optic infrastructure.
Wanaka Chamber of Commerce chairman Alistair King says the town is firmly behind UFB. “We’ve been working on getting fibre in to the CBD for a while now, and it is great to see this become a reality,” he says.
Wanaka’s interest in UFB began 18 months ago during the Gigatown campaign. Intense lobbying by Wanaka’s Chamber of Commerce gained the attention of CallPlus general manager Kelvin Hussey, who saw an opportunity to support the businesses that were eager to access ultra-fast internet speeds.
“Wanaka has proven just how much it wants UFB. Even though it missed out on becoming the country’s first Gigatown, we decided to make a commitment to help businesses get connected as soon as possible,” says Hussey.
“UFB is a game changer for New Zealand businesses and we are committed to providing affordable ultra-fast broadband across the country. It is exciting to be the first in a region and get companies connected.
“And because our UFB plans are unlimited, businesses won’t have to worry about how much bandwidth is being used. I’m biased but I think that’s brilliant.”
CallPlus will be installing UFB services for Wanaka businesses in the CBD from April 2015.