Oamaru first in line for UFB

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Oamaru is frequently being recognised as a unique, cutting-edge place and now it can boast having the fastest internet for the time-being.

Chorus will be holding an event later this month to celebrate Oamaru being the first town in New Zealand to have the Ultra Fast Broad band network completed.

The project, which began in Oamaru on December 7, 2012, will mean thousands of homes, businesses and schools are able to connect with the world at a much faster rate.

Waitaki District mayor Gary Kircher said it’s good for Oamaru to be the first place to have the UFB network completely finished.

“It’s great to celebrate the end of that part of the project.

“It’s a really important thing for us to get as much good internet to as many people as possible.”

Having UFB available to the Oamaru urban area creates availability for many businesses and individuals who are reliant on the internet, he said.

“I think it will benefit a lot of people.

“I think as more and more people adapt to new technology there’s more demand for high-speed broadband.

“We’re going to have as good a service as pretty much anyone.”

Otago Chamber of Commerce North Otago branch chairman Simon Berry said having UFB was important for any business and he would encourage as many people as possible to take it up.

“It’s fantastic for businesses to be able to utilise that communication effectively.”

Communications Minister Amy Adams and Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean will attend the event to mark Oamaru becoming the very first town in New Zealand to have it UFB network completed.

The invitation-only celebration will be held at the Aoraki Polytechnic Oamaru Campus on Monday, December 15.

By RUBY HARFIELD