Hot Off the Press Release: Chorus Ready for 4K Kick-Off

Chorus this morning announced everything was in place for the full HD streaming of the Rugby World Cup over fibre or VDSL and revealed it is 4K-UHD ready for the next major sporting event.

“We’re proud to say that Chorus’ fibre and VDSL networks are ready for live sports at Ultra HD 4K quality,” Chorus’ Chief Customer Officer Ed Hyde says.

“While this hasn’t made it here in time for the Rugby World Cup, we’re looking forward to showing what our networks can really do when live 4K sports does arrive.”

But he also warns fixed wireless or using a mobile network for broadband at home won’t allow for full 1080p streaming of the RWC.

“The picture quality will be reduced to 720p so as not to overload the mobile network.”

Here’s the release:

Chorus network ready to tackle demands of full HD streaming of the Rugby World Cup

With just 100 days to go before the opening game of the Rugby World Cup, Chorus has confirmed its network is ready to support the streaming of the tournament in full HD for New Zealanders.

Chorus’ preparations allow for a 44 percent upsurge in traffic over the tournament period, the equivalent of bringing forward two years of network capacity growth.

Chorus’ Chief Customer Officer, Ed Hyde said, “Allowing two hours of viewing per game means Kiwis could use 6GB of data on top of what they normally use. Clearly families will want to be on a fibre or VDSL connection and armed with unlimited data.”

In addition, Chorus’ work with the retail broadband providers has seen more than 2Tbps of further handover capacity added to its network. This allows for an additional 400,000 simultaneous full HD video streams ensuring traffic can flow smoothly between Chorus and the broadband retailers’ networks.

“We’ve invested heavily to maintain a congestion-free network since video streaming took off in 2015. Our preparations in advance of the Rugby World Cup mean there will be no buffering on our modern network despite the anticipated volume of simultaneous HD video streams.”

Online live coverage of the Rugby World Cup will be available to stream in New Zealand up to 1080p full high definition.

“If you’re the kind of fan who wants to see whether that knock-on was intentional or not, you’ll want to watch the game with the best possible picture quality. This means you’ll want your broadband connection performing at the highest possible capacity for the full 80-minutes of action.

“Kiwis looking for best viewing experience should connect their TV to a fibre or VDSL broadband connection. Fixed wireless, or using a mobile network for broadband at home, won’t allow for full 1080p HD and the picture quality will be reduced to 720p so as not to overload the mobile network.

“We’re proud to say that Chorus’ fibre and VDSL networks are ready for live sports at Ultra HD 4K quality. While this hasn’t made it here in time for the Rugby World Cup we’re looking forward to showing what our networks can really do when live 4K sports does arrive.”

At just 100 days out from the opening match in Japan, Chorus is continuing to encourage Kiwis to get their homes connected to fibre or VDSL for the best possible viewing experience.

“There are a limited number of homes we can connect to fibre in the weeks before the tournament and we’re encouraging Kiwis to get in quick so that they can get the best possible viewing experience.

“We estimate there are now fewer than 50,000 fibre connections left before the opening game on 20 September, having connected nearly 40,000 homes since March,” said Hyde.

To check if fibre is available at your place use the address checker at chorus.co.nz.

Chorus also has just announced that more than 400,000 homes and businesses wanting fibre can be connected with just one visit and in a matter of hours.

Previously connecting to fibre required two or more visits from a technician over several days. Over the last 18 months Chorus has worked to refine the connection process and now 75 percent of connections – those that are not subject to consenting restrictions or more complex installations – are able to be completed in a single visit.

Niran Nayagam led the initiative at Chorus. He says Chorus has designed the single appointment installation with customer convenience in mind.\

“We’re building a fantastic fibre network across New Zealand and we’re delighted to be able to make the process to connect as seamless as possible. Our goal is to make getting connected to fibre less onerous for customers who now only need to take time out from their busy schedules once.

“Basically, we don’t want anything deterring customers from switching to fibre as we know once they have it, they love it,” Nayagam says.

“We were particularly keen to cross the line with single visit fibre installations with the Rugby World Cup just a few months away. With live coverage of all the matches only available streaming online via Spark Sport’s app, we’re eager to get as many fans as possible on fibre ahead of the tournament so they can have the best viewing experience.”

While fibre is the fastest and most reliable form of broadband technology, for areas where it’s not yet available VDSL on the Chorus copper network is the next best thing.

To check that you’re on the best broadband technology that is available to you – and to see if your home or work place is eligible for a single appointment fibre installation – visit www.chorus.co.nz and enter your address into the broadband checker.

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2 Responses to “Hot Off the Press Release: Chorus Ready for 4K Kick-Off”

  1. Where is 4k sports in NZ? That’s right, it doesn’t exist! My TV in my bedroom fully supports 4k, and 4k content looks great!

  2. Fibre build is almost 75% complete. Half of those capable of being connected have been connected. SO where is the improved productivity touted by this massive investment? Where are the geniuses that Chorus is advertising? Where is the gig economy to unshackle our low productivity economy? At least we can watch 4K content, have better streamed content availability and faster Facebook. We’ll be in the top 5 in the OECD for sedentary activities – what an achievement.

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