Strong claim for fibre rollout

Alpine Energy, a member of the New Zealand Regional Fibre Group (NZRFG), plans to partner with Government to create an extensive ultra-fast fibre broadband network for South Canterbury.

Alpine Energy and NZRFG stakes strong claim for fibre rollout

Alpine Energy, a member of the New Zealand Regional Fibre Group (NZRFG), plans to partner with Government to create an extensive ultra-fast fibre broadband network for South Canterbury.

Subject to Alpine Board and Shareholder approval and securing a mutually acceptable agreement with Government, Alpine hopes to begin establishing a fibre network this year.
Initially the rollout will focus on ‘lighting up’ Timaru as this is a key area identified for Government support and funding.
Alpine would eventually like to see fibre rolled out between all South Canterbury towns and communities.
Chief Executive Andrew Tombs says Alpine’s vision sees fibre rolled out linking Twizel, Tekapo, Fairlie, Albury, Timaru, Geraldine, Rangitata, Orari, Winchester, Temuka, Pareora, St Andrews, Mikikihi, Studholme, Waimate, and Glenavy.
“The Timaru and South Canterbury region provides a real opportunity for measured productivity improvement through the roll out of fibre,” says Mr Tombs.
Communications Minister, Hon Steven Joyce wants 75% of New Zealanders to have access to fibre to the door within 10 years. He is also planning to front with $300 million to ensure a fibre spread into rural New Zealand.
However, the Government must first select partners to work with and Alpine and the NZRFG wants to be an integral part of that mix.
Alpine today, along with other members of the NZRFG has submitted a response to the Government’s Invitation to Participate.
Alpine and the NZRFG are looking forward to working with the Government to achieve its ultra-fast fibre broadband objectives.

- Andrew Tombs