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Try ultra-fast bradband - first in Whangarei

Whangarei is the first city in New Zealand to get ultra-fast broadband, and you are invited to Forum North to try it out between 30 April and 8 May.

Updated: 28/04/2014 2:47 p.m.

From 30 April to 8 May the old cafe in Forum North is being transformed into an ultrafast broadband (UFB) Information Communications Technology (ICT) hub.

At the hub people will be able to find out for themselves what UFB can do, try out TV online, test smart payroll applications, take part in a virtual health clinic or play games running ultra-fast.

"Council is providing the space at Forum North for Northpower to showcase the capabilities of ultrafast broadband as we see this as a great opportunity for our District" said WDC Group Manager Positive Growth Jude Thompson.

“Whangarei will soon be the first city in New Zealand where the new ultrafast broadband network will have been completely built.

 “Throughout the city and fringes where the new fibre runs down your street you can connect to it,” she said.

 “UFB is great for businesses yet also allows people to work from home more effectively as well – it’s a big opportunity for us.

“We want Whangarei to be a preferred choice for people to live, work, visit, play and invest. With UFB the reality of tele-commuting really comes to life.

“People and businesses could relocate to Whangarei to take advantage of our lifestyle but still service customers and do business in our major cities,” Ms Thompson said.

“It can be hard for people to imagine the difference between what is on offer with UFB and the internet connections they have now which is why the ICT hub is being set-up.

“This event will give everyone a chance to check it out, have some fun and find out what it’s all about.

 “Over coming weeks you’ll hear a lot more about UFB and it really is very exciting for Whangarei to be first with New Zealand’s fastest broadband!” Ms Thompson said.



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