\u201cWe have got some real momentum here and actually we have got more work to do now than at the beginning of the competition,\u201d said Mayor Dave Cull after Dunedin was named the first New Zealand Gigatown.\n\u201cThis competition has raised the consciousness of the whole community and united them in the understanding of what ultrafast broadband could do for a community, specifically ours,\u201d said Cull, who received the award on behalf of Dunedin, at a special event at the Queen\u2019s Wharf in Wellington.\nHe said Gigatown was the \u201cculmination\u201d of a vision that started in 2011 when Dunedin kicked off its digital strategy.\n\u201cThat was a broad effort to provide digital connectivity and capability across our community and because we had to understand how important that was for business, our education, our commercial sector and our households.\n\u201cWe realised we were either in the digital space or we were nowhere."\n\u201cDunedin is at the end of the supply line,\u201d he told CIO New Zealand \u201cOur forte is \u2018weightless product\u2019, whether it is design, IT, various kinds of IP. Ultrafast broadband facilitates that to a level we have not experienced before.\u201d\n\u201cWe built a momentum that won\u2019t stop just because the actual competition is over,\u201d he said.\n\u201cThanks to this competition, Dunedin is now ideally placed to become a leading digital innovation hub for New Zealand,\u201d said Chorus CEO Mark Ratcliffe.\n\n\u201cWith Orcon, My Republic and Snap already committed to deliver services in Dunedin over our fibre network, we're looking forward to seeing the infinite possibilities available to Gigatown residents and businesses alike,\u201d he said.\nCommunications Minister Amy Adams, who had announced the winner, said \u201cbuilding a fibre network is building a fibre network is tremendously difficult and Chorus is doing it very well.\u201d\n\u201cBut the infrastructure itself is nothing. What really matters is what you do with it, how they understand the potential [and] grab it\u2026\u201cYou are about to get this world leading infrastructure, what will you do with it?\nCommunications and Information Technology Minister, Amy Adams\n\u201cIt has forced them to think differently about how they are going to use this opportunity to position themselves for the digital future and in that regards, [Gigatown] has been a tremendous success,\u201d said Adams.\nRatcliffe, meanwhile, said Chorus will also work closely with the other finalists - Gisborne, Nelson, Timaru and Wanaka - on how they can \u201cunlock\u201d benefits of UFB.\nChorus launched the competition in October last year, with 50 towns competing to become New Zealand\u2019s first Gigatown. As the winner of Gigatown, Dunedin will receive access to 1 Gigabit per second internet access at entry level wholesale prices for three years, along with two different funds.\nThe first is a $200,000 Gigatown development fund provided by Chorus and Alcatel Lucent to support entrepreneurs and innovators taking new services to market over the gigabit fibre connection in Gigatown.\nThe second is a $500,000 Gigatown community fund provided by Chorus over three years for organisations that showcase how gigabit infrastructure and UFB can be activated for community programs.\nSend news tips and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org\nFollow Divina Paredes on Twitter: @divinap\nFollow CIO New Zealand on Twitter:@cio_nz\nSign up for CIO newsletters for regular updates on CIO news, views and events.\nJoin us on Facebook.