|Headquarters||Wellington, New Zealand|
|Area served||New Zealand|
|Key people||Mark Ratcliffe (CEO)|
|Products||Telecommunications, fibre optic infrastructure|
Chorus is a provider of telecommunications infrastructure throughout New Zealand. It is listed on the NZX stock exchange and is in the NZX 50 Index. It is the owner of the majority of telephone lines and exchange equipment in New Zealand. By law, it cannot sell directly to consumers, instead it provides wholesale services to retailers.
The company was spun off from Telecom New Zealand in 2011, as a result of shareholders approving the demerger of retail and infrastructure divisions following state-sanctioned local loop unbundling in 2006.
In April 2013 it signed contracts with Visionstream and Downer worth NZ$1 billion to build its part of New Zealand's ultrafast broadband network, after receiving a government subsidy of $929 million.
Most of the telephone infrastructure in New Zealand is owned by Chorus. Chorus provides ADSL2+ (up to 24/1 Mbit/s) and VDSL2 (up to 70/10 Mbit/s) services over the copper phone network.
Contrary to the usual practice overseas, most connections are at full speed, instead plans differ in the amount of data included. As DSL is sensitive to distance, the closer the customer is to the equipment, the faster the connections. Chorus has implemented a fibre-to-the-node (also known as "cabinetisation") project to bring the equipment closer to the user, so 84% of the population is able to access an ADSL2+ connection of 10Mbit/s or more. Two-thirds are able to access VDSL2.
As of December 2013[update], Chorus has about 1.749 million copper connections, of which 1.116 million has broadband service provided using Chorus equipment. 1.091 million are using ADSL2+ and 25,000 are using VDSL2. DSL is usually sold with a phoneline service (called "clothed DSL"), but is also available without the phoneline (called "naked DSL"). 98,000 (9%) of the ADSL2+ connections, and 5,000 (20%) of the VDSL2 connections are naked.
The copper loop is unbundled, so operators like Vodafone, Orcon and Callplus/Slingshot can install their own equipment at telephone exchanges and just rent the copper line from Chorus. As of December 2013[update], 130,000 (7%) lines are unbundled.
Chorus is responsible for installing most of the government's Ultra-Fast Broadband fibre.
- Steve Hart (6 November 2012). "Businesses looking keen to join the fibre revolution". New Zealand Herald.
- "Chorus signs $1b broadband deals". 3 News NZ. April 17, 2013.
- "Building New Zealand's fibre future - Chorus fibre lab visit" (pdf). Chorus. 16 May 2013. p. 22.
- "Chorus Interim FY14 Results". Chorus. 28 February 2014.
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