New Zealand’s Communications Minister, Simon Bridges recently reported that 31% of New Zealanders with access to Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) are now connected, up 13% in the last three months.
The December 2016 Quarterly Broadband Update showed the number of households, business, schools and hospitals connected to UFB has increased from 288,790 to 327,864 since September 2016.
“The Government invested in fibre to catalyse uptake and the level of demand so far has been strong, with New Zealand boasting the second highest growth rate for fibre subscriptions in the OECD,” said Bridges.
This recent update also shows that deployment of the first phase of the UFB program is 71% complete, with 21 towns now fully fibred. This means more than 1,060,000 New Zealand households and businesses are now able to access download speeds of up to 1000 Mbps.
“By the end of 2024, more than 84% of New Zealanders will have access to UFB fibre under both phases of the Government’s UFB program, continued Bridges. “Currently over 300,000 rural households and businesses are now able to access faster broadband of over 5 Mbps.
“The Government is focused on continuing to improve broadband service in more rural and remote areas through the second phase of RBI, and improving mobile coverage on state highways and in tourism locations with the Mobile Black Spot Fund.”
A Request for Proposals for NZ$150 million in funding for Phase Two of RBI and the Mobile Black Spot Fund closes on 3 April 2017.