Marton Shine the Light Invite November 23, 2020 Listen Chorus making it easy for Marton households and businesses to connect to world class fibre broadband Getting connected to some of the best broadband in the world is about to get a whole lot easier for Marton households and businesses. On Tuesday 24 November, a team of Chorus experts will be on hand at the Sugar Plum Cafe on High Street to help Marton residents who are yet to switch over to the Ultra Fast Broadband (UFB) network. When: Tuesday, 24 November 2020Time: Pop in between 3pm and 6pm and we'll shout you a coffeeLocation: Sugar Plum Café, 3 High Street, Marton The UFB network has been available in Marton since May 2019 and Chorus wants to help those yet to connect to do so, so they can experience the benefits fibre brings. “There could be any number of reasons why some households have not yet switched to the UFB network,” Andrew Carroll, General Manager, Customer and Network Operations, says. “Whether it is not being aware fibre is available, not knowing how to get connected or thinking it’s expensive to connect, we want to dispel any myths and provide good factual information about just how easy it is to get connected so Marton households can jump on the fibre bandwagon. “The best news of all is that unless a driveway is longer than 200 metres, the cost of bringing fibre from the street into a home is usually free. “If people who come to the event are keen to get fibre immediately, we can even get the process started for them there and then.” In 2011, the average Kiwi household was only using 10GB of data per month. Last month that figure had grown to 331GB. And there is no sign of demand slowing, with Chorus predicting that the average household's broadband use will balloon to 1000GB per month by 2023. “Recent events, and being under lockdown, have been truly unprecedented times and it’s not surprising to see that reflected in the way New Zealanders are now using their broadband,” Mr Carroll says. “Now more than ever, having a robust broadband connection has proven critical as we’ve all had to adapt to working and learning from home. “High bandwidth apps, such as Zoom, have become so important not just for business meetings but for people to stay in contact with friends and family. Our fibre network will also make it easier for Marton residents to stream services like Netflix, TVNZ on Demand, Neon, Sky Sport Now and Spark Sport. “Being on fibre will mean no glitches, no buffering and no slow down when the rest of your neighbourhood is streaming in the evenings.” Invitations have been sent to all households in Marton in the UFB area not currently connected to the UFB network.