Fast broadband

We’re working to improve connectivity for all New Zealanders.

Where we’re going

The Government’s target is that by 2025, 99 per cent of New Zealanders will be able to access broadband with peak speeds of at least 50 Megabits per second (Mbps), and the remaining one per cent will be able to access at least 10 Mbps.

Meeting these targets will only be possible through the combined efforts of Government, industry, and the private owners of New Zealand’s telecommunications infrastructure. Although the Government does not own or operate any telecommunications networks, it is committed to improving connectivity. Three Government-funded broadband and mobile programmes are helping to achieve these targets: Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB), the Rural Broadband Initiative and the Mobile Black Spot Fund.

By the end of 2024, 85 per cent of New Zealanders in over 185 towns and cities will be able to access fibre-to-the-premises UFB broadband with speeds close to 1,000 Mbps. That’s fast enough to stream ultra-high definition movies to 40 different devices simultaneously.

Once the full UFB programme is complete, New Zealand should be in the top five in the OECD for the proportion of the population that can access fibre.

In rural areas, over 300,000 households and businesses can already access new or improved broadband. And there’s more to come.