First ultra-fast broadband connection made in Matangi / Tamahere

Michael Cornelius has been hanging out for faster internet speeds and is very happy to be the first Ultrafast Fibre (UFF) connection in the Matangi/Tamahere area on the outskirts of Hamilton.

The area is part of Ultrafast Fibre’s second phase rollout expanding into 27 smaller towns and communities in the central North Island.

Streaming video content has been Michael’s main motivation for wanting a faster broadband speed and he is finding his new 100/20 Mbps internet plan is delivering the goods.

Michael is a keen hunter, and is now getting plenty of inspiration via YouTube videos.

“It’s great to have a top rate internet speed, even though I’m living just outside of the city. The whole connection process went really smoothly and now I’m just enjoying it,” he says.

The Matangi/Tamahere community is the largest of 27 additional towns/locations included in the expanded rollout areas across the central North Island, with over 25,000 addresses able to be connected once the build is finished by December 2019.

In addition to Matangi/Tamahere, under the latest expansion UFF is already connecting homes and businesses in Ngāruawāhia, Tirau and Putāruru in the Waikato; Katikati and Ōmokoroa in Bay of Plenty; and Stratford in Taranaki.

Michael Cornelius says as well as providing a better source of entertainment, faster broadband is also a very useful backup for his work as a first response linesman for WEL Networks. “If I ever need to access job files for emergency calls out, there will certainly be no issues downloading what I need to. It is great to know I have got this back up if it should be required,” he says.