National broadband initiatives
Being connected and online has become an essential part of our everyday lives. That is why over $2 billion of Crown funding has been invested on behalf of all New Zealanders into three major initiatives that will deliver faster, better internet: the Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) programme, the Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI) and the Mobile Black Spot Fund (MBSF).
Together, these programmes will bring the benefits of improved internet connectivity to millions of New Zealanders, opening up a huge range of business, educational, community and other opportunities.
The UFB programme is helping to ensure that 87 per cent of New Zealanders can access fibre-to-the-premises, with speeds close to 1,000 Megabits per second, by the end of 2022.
Hundreds of thousands of rural New Zealand homes and businesses can already enjoy the benefits of faster, better internet through the RBI.
The new MBSF is providing new mobile coverage on state highways and in tourism locations with no existing coverage. This will improve public safety and enhance visitor experiences.