Fibre Broadband

Wiring your home for Fibre Broadband

Fibre broadband uses optical fibre technology which is much faster and more reliable than the old way of–ADSL and VDSL–which use copper wire technology.

Every property is unique, so there are several ways that Chorus can install fibre and there may be a few extra steps involved to get you connected.

First step is to check Chorus’s Broadband checker to see what broadband options you have.

What is your Property Type?

There are 3 property type installation options:

Single-dwelling unit

If your home has its own section and you don’t share a driveway, your place is most likely a single-dwelling unit, or SDU.

Multi-dwelling unit

If your property is an apartment, retirement home, office block or multi-use block is it most likely a multi-dwelling unit, or MDU.

Right-of-way

If you share a driveway or live on a private road, your property is considered a right-of-way, or ROW

Single-dwelling unit Process

  1. Agree your install plan–Chorus will come to your place and talk you through the best installation method for your home.  You’ll need to sign a plan agreeing for Chorus to complete this work.
  2. Build your Fibre- Chorus build the fibre from the street to a small box on the outside of your house called an External Termination Point.  You need not be at home for this installation, but Chorus will need to reach you by phone.
  3. Connect you–Chorus will then connect the fibre to another small box called the optical network terminal (or ONT) inside your house.  You will need to be home for this visit as they will need to work inside your house.

Multi-dwelling unit Process

  1. Consent – For Chorus to connect properties such as apartments or units to their fibre network, they have to do some build work in areas that are shared by multiple residents.  Chorus will need to notify your neighbours of this planned works and, sometimes, they may need your neighbours to give consent before getting started.
  2. Build your Fibre  to your Building–Chorus will bring fibre from the street into your building, installing equipment (usually in the communications room), and then running the fibre throughout the building using existing infrastructure where possible.
  3. Getting you connected–When the work in the communal areas are complete, Chorus can then connect you.
  4. Agree your install plan–Chorus will come to your place and talk you through the best installation method for your home.  You must sign a plan agreeing for Chorus to complete this work.
  5. Build your Fibre- Fibre will be taken from the outside of your unit or apartment and connected to a small box called the optical network terminal or ONT inside your home or business.
  6. Connect you–Chorus then connect your modem to the ONT to test the connection before they leave to make sure everything is working as it should.

Right-of-way process

  1. Consent – For Chorus to connect properties in shared driveways or private roads  to their fibre network, they have to do some build work in areas that are shared by multiple residents.  Chorus will need to notify your neighbours of this planned works and, sometimes, they may need your neighbours to give consent before getting started.
  2. Build your Fibre  to your Building– Chorus then builds the fibre from the street along your driveway according to the plan provided with the notice to your neighbours.
  3. Getting you connected–When the work in driveway is complete, Chorus can then connect you.
  4. Agree your install plan–Chorus will come to your place and talk you through the best installation method for your home.  You must sign a plan agreeing for Chorus to complete this work.
  5. Build your Fibre- Fibre will be taken from the driveway to a small box on the outside of your house called an External Termination Point.  You need not be home for this, but Chorus will need to be able to reach you by phone.
  6. Connect you–Chorus will then connect the fibre to another small box called the optical network terminal (or ONT) inside your house.  You will need to be home for this visit as they will need to work inside your house.

More information can be found on the Chorus website. If you need more help to understand what it involves with changing to Fibre Broadband, give AB Electrical a call– 0800 688 244