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Fewer than 90,000 fibre connections left before RWC

15 March 2019

Chorus announces fewer than 90,000 fibre connections left before Rugby World Cup 2019

Chorus is encouraging Kiwis to get their fibre order in now to ensure they're on the best possible broadband ahead of this year’s Rugby World Cup. Fewer than 90,000 fibre connections remain and a fibre installation tracking tool, available on the homepage of Chorus' website, tracks the number of fibre installations likely remaining in Chorus areas before the opening game of the tournament on 20 September 2019.

The fibre installation tracker estimates the number of fibre installations available in Chorus fibre areas until 15 September 2019, the Sunday before the tournament starts. The number of available installations, which reduces at the rate of approximately one every three minutes, is based on Chorus’ average completion rate of 3,400 fibre installations each week. To further improve the accuracy, Chorus will update the number manually each month with reconciled fibre installation data.

Chorus' Chief Customer Officer, Ed Hyde said, "with the majority of matches for this year's Rugby World Cup only available online, we're eager to see as many Kiwi families as possible connected to the best possible broadband.

“We know demand is going to be high for fibre installations in the lead up to the tournament and we want to make sure New Zealand’s most ardent supporters don't miss out.

"Simply put, fibre is the best, most-reliable and fastest broadband available. It handles online video traffic with ease and its dedicated capacity means it’s made to cope with multiple devices, without any loss of quality or buffering – important for families where watching the game isn't the only online priority."

Chorus is expecting online viewing of the tournament to result in a significant spike in data use, particularly where matches are not available by free-to-air broadcast. To ensure a superb experience, whatever the time of day, the company will be adding capacity to keep the network congestion free and working with New Zealand’s broadband providers to assist their preparations for the tournament.

Five steps for a wonderful Rugby World Cup online experience:

1. Check to see if fibre is available at your place today using the address checker at

2. Get in touch with your broadband provider, ask to connect to fibre or be put on the wait list if fibre is not yet available

3. Select a broadband plan with 100Mbps or more download speed and unlimited data -- plenty of capacity and no worries about data caps

4. Get fibre installed to your place, you can find more about this at

5. Optimise your home for broadband. Make sure Wi-Fi is performing as it should and connect your TV with an Ethernet cable to your router, for more on this visit


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