Broadband and mobile initiatives
The development of broadband and mobile coverage is a vital component of New Zealand's economic growth, productivity improvements and the government's wider strategy to increase New Zealand's global competitiveness, particularly compared to other OECD countries.
Extending broadband, and extablishing the Mobile Black Spot Fund
The Government has allocated $360 million in additional funding to extend the Ultra-Fast Broadband programme (UFB2), enter a second phase of the Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI2), and establish a Mobile Black Spot Fund (MBSF).
The Minister for Communications, Hon Simon Bridges announced in January 2017 that UFB2 will deploy fibre in another 151 towns, allowing over 84 per cent of New Zealanders to access UFB fibre by the end of 2024.
Crown Fibre Holdings has released a Request for Proposals for RBI2 and MBSF, which closes in April 2017.
More information on these programmes can be found on the Fast Broadband New Initiatives page.
MBIE releases regular reports on deployment and uptake for the Ultra-Fast Broadband programme and Rural Broadband Initiative. They can be found under National Progress on the Deployment progress.
A wrap-up report [PDF 4.3MB] was also published to mark the conclusion of the Government-funded component of the first phase of the Rural Broadband Initiative.