New Zealand’s Minister for Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media, Kris Faafoi recently reported that about half of New Zealand homes and businesses have connected to the ultra-fast broadband (UFB) – some 714,258 end users.
Commenting on the milestone, the Minister said: “This government program is about 77% complete, with 1,432,554 users now able to connect to the network. When the UFB infrastructure is fully deployed by the end of 2022, people in more than 390 towns and cities will be able to connect to the country’s fibre network.
The latest UFB progress report shows 15 towns have uptake rates above 50%: Auckland, Blenheim, Cambridge, Dunedin, Hamilton, Nelson, New Plymouth, Pukekohe, Rotorua, Tauranga, Te Awamutu, Tīmaru, Waipu, Waiuku and Whāngārei.
“We also know a lot of New Zealanders are keen internet users, and use is increasing year-on-year,” Minister Faafoi continued. “For example, the Commerce Commission’s 2018 report showed Kiwis’ average monthly data use per fixed-line broadband connection was 172 GB, compared to 117 GB in 2017.”