The race is on to determine which New Zealand town will win the fastestbroadband speeds in the southern hemisphere in Chorus's Welcome to Gigatowncompetition.
From today, Labour Day 2013, New Zealanders the world over will take tosocial media to tweet, like and share their views on why their favourite townshould win access to 1Gbps internet services for three years.
Chorus General Manger Marketing and Sales, Victoria Crone says the race forGigatown aims to spark innovation and mobilise the potential of ultra-fastbroadband (UFB) to transform New Zealand.
"The vision for Gigatown is to create a leading digital innovation hub forNew Zealand which showcases how ultra-fast broadband will re-define oureconomy, reshape how our children learn and change how our communities live,work and play," says Crone.
At the end of the year-long competition, ng Connect, the open innovationprogram founded by Alcatel-Lucent, together with Chorus will also commit to a$200k development fund for the winning Gigatown. This fund will cover thecommercialisation of new services over gigabit fibre for entrepreneurs andinnovators in Gigatown, with a focus on developing new services to take tomarket.
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