New Zealand's internet upgrade
Faster, better internet for New Zealand
The internet has fundamentally changed our world – from how we work and learn, to how we connect as families and communities. Being connected and online has become an essential part of our everyday lives.
That’s why Government is making a $2 billion investment on behalf of all New Zealanders into major initiatives that will deliver faster, better internet: the Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) Initiative, the Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI) and the Mobile Black Spot Fund (MBSF).
Together, these programmes bring the benefits of improved internet connectivity to 97.8 per cent of New Zealanders, opening up a huge range of business, educational, community and other opportunities.
The Ultra-Fast Broadband Initiative
The UFB Initiative is bringing faster, better internet to at least 80 per cent of New Zealanders in their homes, schools, hospitals, marae and businesses – including all rural public hospitals and schools, and many libraries.
UFB is the latest in internet connection technology. Using fibre optic cables, it can typically provide download speeds of up to 100 Mbps (megabits per second), and up to 1000 Mbps.
All of our schools, hospitals and 90 per cent of businesses were connected to UFB at the end of 2015, and by 2022, at least 80 per cent of New Zealanders will be able to access the internet using UFB.
The Rural Broadband Initiative
Government is also making sure that rural New Zealanders can enjoy the benefits of faster, better internet through the Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI).
Because UFB isn’t feasible for every rural community, broadband internet with peak speeds of at least 5 Mbps (megabits per second) is being provided to more than 90 per cent of homes and businesses outside of UFB areas.
Giving rural areas improved internet connections is expected to provide significant economic benefits, while also giving rural New Zealanders access to important health and educational services that are available online.
Bringing fibre, broadband and mobile coverage to even more New Zealanders
Government has extended the Ultra-Fast Broadband programme and Rural Broadband Initiative to even more New Zealanders.
A further injection of $210 million will increase the number of New Zealanders with access to UFB from 75 per cent to at least 80 per cent, meaning many additional small towns will have access to fibre internet connections.
Crown Fibre Holdings is currently in commercial negotiations with potential suppliers for the extension to the Ultra-Fast Broadband programme. Announcements on areas to receive deployment will be made in the coming months.
More rural New Zealanders will have access to the RBI too, with another $100 million to extend it into even more rural areas. And the Government has allocated $50 million to fix mobile coverage black spots along main highways and at major tourist sites through the Mobile Black Spot Fund (MBSF).
A Request for Proposals for phase two of the RBI, and the MBSF was released in October 2016. More information is available on the Crown Fibre Holdings website.