New Zealand's internet upgrade
85 per cent of New Zealanders will have access to fibre broadband by the end of 2024. Find out more about the extension of the Ultra-Fast Broadband programme to more than 150 additional areas
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) programme, the Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI) and the Mobile Black Spot Fund (MBSF).
Together, these programmes bring the benefits of improved internet connectivity to almost every New Zealander, opening up a huge range of business, educational, community and other opportunities.
The Ultra-Fast Broadband programme
The UFB programme is bringing faster, better internet to 84 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 able to connect to UFB at the end of 2015, and by the end of 2024, 84 per cent of New Zealanders will be able to access the internet using UFB. In total, over 85 per cent of New Zealanders will be able to access fibre through a combination of UFB and private deployment by the end of 2024.
The Rural Broadband Initiative (phase one)
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) has been made available 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.
- Learn more about the Rural Broadband Initiative and how you can get connected
- Read about the upgrades that have been delivered under the Rural Broadband Initiative in your region [PDF 4MB]
The Rural Broadband Initiative (phase two) and the Mobile Black Spot Fund
An additional $100 million has been allocated for phase two of the Rural Broadband Initiative, to extend improved rural broadband into even more rural and remote 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 programme’s policy is available on our website, and also on the Crown Fibre Holdings website.