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Set up Fibre

Find out how to get Spark Fibre broadband. If you already have Fibre installed and want to sign up to Spark, you can buy a broadband plan and skip ahead to set up your modem

Fibre gets installed by a Local Fibre Company. These companies are Chorus, Ultra Fast Fibre, Enable, Unison and Northpower. Spark will be in touch during your installation. You'll also hear from your Local Fibre Company.

Before you order, check out the Understand Fibre page to see what you need to consider.


Fibre installation steps

Sign up to one of Spark's Fibre options when purchasing broadband. Buy a Fibre Broadband plan

Find out what to consider when getting Fibre. Understand Fibre

Once you've signed up for Fibre, we'll pass your order to your Local Fibre Company. They'll work with you to install Fibre in your premises.

Spark will courier the modem to you before your installation date. Your Local Fibre Company will supply other equipment.

If you already have Fibre connected with a different service provider you can transfer it to Spark. Find out more

Landline and alarm options

Once you’re connected to Fibre, your existing Copper landline will stop working. Your devices won't work in existing phone jackpoints. In order for them to work you can ask for integrated wiring when you order.

This may also affect devices like security or medical alarms, faxes or SKY TV. Contact the provider of the device to check if it's compatible.

If you live down a right of way or in a multi-dwelling unit you'll need to get consent to install Fibre. If you rent you'll also need approval from your landlord. The Local Fibre Company (LFC) can't proceed until they have the right permission and/or consents.

Please note, the Fibre installation process may take a few weeks or more.


  • If you rent your home or business, you'll need your landlord's approval to install Fibre.
  • The first appointment after you've ordered Fibre is the scope appointment. This is when the technician will discuss the method of installing Fibre and ask you to sign an Installation Agreement on behalf of your landlord. Your landlord may wish to be present for the scope before providing permission.
  • It's important to get your landlord's approval before your scope appointment. Otherwise, your order might be delayed or cancelled. 
  • From 11 February 2021, an amendment to the Residential Tenancy Amendment Act means tenants can request Fibre to be installed and in the majority of cases the landlord must agree that it can be installed at no cost to them, except in the following circumstances:
    • If installation would materially compromise the weathertightness or the character of any building; or
    • If installation would compromise the structural integrity of any building; or
    • If installation would breach an obligation or a restriction that is relevant to the premises (for example, an obligation or a restriction imposed by a bylaw, a planning or body corporate rule, or a covenant); or
    • The landlord is to carry out extensive renovations that would be impeded by the Fibre installation. They must intend to take material steps towards the renovations within 90 days of receiving the Fibre request; or
    • If the Tribunal, on application by the landlord, determines that, due to the circumstances of the premises or the installation, the landlord should not be required to provide for the installation of a Fibre connection in the premises

    More details including information on the exceptions can be found at or

Important steps

  1. Contact your landlord before the scope appointment to explain you'd like to get Fibre installed.
  2. Read the Installation Agreement and End User Terms now. If you both read the terms before the appointment, you'll be more prepared to sign at the scope appointment.
  3. Your landlord's approval can be either verbal or in writing, such as an email or on paper. At the scope appointment the technician will ask you to sign an Installation Agreement on behalf of your landlord.
  4. Your landlord may choose to attend the scope appointment and give permission on the day. You'll need to let them know when your appointment is. You can both ask questions and agree on the plan together. 
  5. If your landlord can't attend the scope, they could be available via phone.  

The Local Fibre Company can't start the installation until they get permission from your landlord.

Why Fibre is ideal for homeowners

  • Getting Fibre can increase the value of your property.
  • It's desirable for tenants if you rent out your property.
  • It's the way forward for consistent broadband speeds.

Down a right-of-way

Before they can start working, the LFC will either need to notify or get permission from any neighbours who live down your driveway.


  • Addresses will be categorised into one of three categories, depending on what build work is required. Enable will either notify or gain consent from all affected landowners on your behalf.
  • For more information on this, you can visit the Enable Website,


  • Addresses are categorised into one of three categories, depending on what build work is required. Chorus will either notify or gain consent from all affected landowners on your behalf.
  • For more information on this, you can visit the Chorus website,
  • Category 1 - Low impact

    The work will have minimal lasting effect on the shared access way or right-of-way. Five days’ notice given to property owners. No objection can be made.

    Category 2 - Medium impact

    The work will have some physical impact on the shared access way or right-of-way. Property owners will be given at least 15 workings days’ notice before work begins. Objections and questions can be submitted via the Local Fibre Company (LFC) website.

    Category 3 - High impact

    The planned work will have a greater impact on the shared access way or right-of-way. For category 3 builds, consent is needed from affected property owners.


  • They’ll get permission on your behalf, but we can’t book any installation appointments until they do.


  • They’ll get permission on your behalf, but we can’t book any installation appointments until they do.


  • Your Local Fibre Company is UltraFast Fibre. They'll need you to get the permissions on your own. For more information, go to

In a multi-dwelling unit

If you’re in an apartment, the owner of the building has to give consent. Body corporates can give consent on behalf of others living there. If you’re in a multi-storey building, the owner of the building has to give consent.
You can let those affected know to look out for a consent form, which can speed up the process.

At the end of the scope appointment, you'll sign one of these agreements. If you're a tenant, you need to ask the landlord for permission before you sign. Read the agreement before the scope appointment to be more prepared.


If you live in Ashburton; Auckland including Pukekohe, Waiuku, Waiheke; Blenheim; Dunedin; Feilding; Gisborne; Greymouth; Invercargill; Kapiti including Paekakariki, Raumati, Paraparaumu, Waikanae; Levin; Masterton; Napier and Hastings; Nelson; Oamaru; Palmerston North; Queenstown; Rotorua; Taupo; Timaru; Wellington including Hutt City, Upper Hutt and Porirua or Whakatane:


If you live in Whangarei:

UltraFast Fibre

If you live in Waikato, Tauranga, Taranaki or Whanganui:


If you live in Christchurch, Kaiapoi, Rangiora and Rolleston:


If you live in parts of Napier, Hastings, Taupo and Rotorua:

Track your Fibre order online with the Spark order tracker. Track my Fibre order

If your Local Fibre Company is Chorus you can book appointments in the order tracker.

Unison, Enable, Northpower and Ultrafast Fibre will book appointments on the phone.

Your Local Fibre Company will arrange a technician to visit and look at where to put equipment. This is the scope appointment.Some houses are able to get a scope and installation in one appointment. You'll be informed if this is the case. Find out about a one day installation

The technician will look at:

  • Where to install Fibre equipment, both inside and outside
  • Whether anything could impact the installation. For example, cutting branches or digging driveways
  • Any non-standard requirements that may incur an extra cost

There are three pieces of equipment they'll install at your home:

  • External Termination Point (ETP). It's a small box installed on an outside wall. This connects back up to the Fibre network in the road.
  • Optical Network Terminal (ONT) or Fibre box. The ONT is another small box, attached to a wall inside your house. It connects to the ETP. It's where you'll plug in the new modem. The ONT should be near at least two power points or a power board. You need to decide if you'll keep existing phone wiring and whether you need it near a TV or computer. The technician will discuss this with you.
  • A Fibre WiFi modem. Spark will courier the modem to you before the installation. You can give it to the technician at the install appointment.

How Fibre broadband equipment is connected in your property

A typical layout shows the ONT and router by the TV and extra wiring to a home office.

Points you can discuss with the technician

  • If you have a medical or security alarms please tell your technician that you've confirmed with your alarm provider that they're compatible with Fibre
  • What your landline wiring options are
  • Look at where your current modem is and let the technician know if you have any existing WiFi issues
  • Ask how the Fibre cable will get to your house
  • Tell them your 'no-go' areas. You have the right to suggest a different option for cabling if you prefer

Once the plan is agreed, the technician will connect the Fibre cable from the street to your land.

You don't need to be home for this. The contractor may call you if something from the plan needs to change.

The External Termination Point (ETP) is the first piece of equipment to be installed.

The staff will do their best to minimise impact on grassed areas. If hard surfaces are affected, they'll be resealed.

The build time and installation appointment should happen within 1-2 weeks after the scope appointment.

If you already have a Fibre box (ONT)

There's no need for a technician visit if you already have Fibre installed. If you need a landline, you can follow the Fibre landline set up steps

Otherwise, you can connect your modem to the Fibre box yourself with these steps:

  1. Locate the Fibre box in your house. It will often be on a wall. If you can't find it, you can go outside to find the external box. Once you find that, the Fibre box should be in a corresponding place on the inside. It should look like the images below.
  2. Check that it's plugged in to the wall.
  3. Check the power and optical/PON lights are green and lit up.
  4. Once your modem is delivered you can connect it to your Fibre box. To do this connect the Ethernet cable from the blue WAN port on the back of your modem into the Fibre box. Only one port on the Fibre box will provide service. In most cases this is GE1 or LAN1, but could be other ports.

Missing power cable from Chorus ONT

You can request for a power cable to be delivered to your address from Chorus. Go to Chorus - Power cord replacement for ONT

Fibre box lights - Chorus

If Chorus is your Local Fibre Company, the Fibre box will look like one of the examples below:

Chorus - model type 100 and 200

Check the power and optical lights are green, and the correct LAN light is orange. If you don’t see this, make sure you have both the modem and Fibre box plugged in and turned on. If you find the LAN light is green it means the Fibre box or modem are connected at a lower speed. It's best to try a different cable.


Chorus - model type 300




Check the power, and GPON lights are green, the correct LAN light is green, and the LOS light is off. If you don't see this, make sure you have both the modem and the Fibre box plugged in and turned on.

More information on the Chorus fibre box can be found on the Chorus website: My Optical Network Terminal (ONT)

Fibre box lights - other Local Fibre Company

If you're in another part of New Zealand, the Fibre box could look like either of the below:

The power and PON lights should be green, and the appropriate LAN light on green. If you don’t see this, make sure you have both the modem and Fibre box plugged in and turned on.

If the power light is off on the Fibre box, make sure the power cable is connected and plugged into a power point. If the Fibre box has a power switch on it, make sure it’s in the ON position.

Live Chat with us if:

  • you can’t get the power light to turn on on
  • the optical light is not green
  • the LOS light is on

If any of these happen, there may be an issue with the Fibre box, or the Fibre cable to your address.

Modem set up

After the Fibre box is powered on and showing the correct lights you’ll need to check what the lights on your modem are doing. Follow these instructions to set up your modem

Once the outside work is done, the technician will install Fibre inside. You will need to be home for this appointment and it takes between four and six hours. Please be home for the whole day.

If you have a One Day Installation you will also sign your installation agreement at this appointment. Find out more about One Day Installations below.

  1. The Fibre box, also known as the Optical Network Terminal (ONT), will be placed inside. This is owned by the Local Fibre Company and is connected to this house. If you move house please leave it behind.
  2. If you need the existing phone jacks to work with Fibre, you'll need to request integrated wiring
  3. Once you've requested integrated wiring, a second box will be placed next to the Fibre box. Your internal wiring will be connected to the new Fibre line.
  4. The modem will connect to the Fibre box and turn on. Then the technician will do a speed test.
  5. Your Fibre is now ready to go.

One day installation

Some houses are able to get a scope and installation in one appointment. You'll be informed if this is the case. This means you'll only need to stay home once to get connected.

If so, please be at home for the whole day. It will take approximately 4–6 hours. Here's what you can expect:

  1. Scope: The first part of the appointment is a scope, also known as the Agree step. This is where you'll both discuss the installation and agree on a plan. You'll need to sign the agreement before work can begin.
  2. Install: The second part of the appointment is where the technician will install Fibre. Check out the installation process
  3. Connect: The technician will connect your Fibre and you're good to go.

What you need to do before the appointment

  1. Make plans to stay home for the whole day
  2. Make sure someone is at home who can make decisions about the property
  3. Get permission from your landlord if you're renting
  4. Have a look at the different installation methods
  5. Think of a central point in the house for your modem. You can suggest this to the technician.

In rare situations, if the technician can't complete the installation on the same day, they can connect everything up inside while you're home. Then, when they come back to do the outside build work you won't need to be home.

If the installation is more complex than anticipated the technician may need to meet you at home a second time.

If you have monitored security or medical alarms, check they still work with your new Fibre connection. You can contact your security or medical alarm installer to do so.

Still need help?

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