Broadband extends to 99.8% of population

Published: 18 December 2018

The Government has announced significant additional rural broadband and mobile coverage will be deployed around the country over the next four years due to the expansion of the Rural Broadband Initiative phase two (RBI2) and the Mobile Black Spot Fund (MBSF) programme.

The expansion will result in about 99.8% of New Zealanders able to access new or improved connectivity.

Contracts totalling around $130 million are in place to provide improved broadband to target around 10,000 rural households and businesses, and new mobile coverage to target approximately 365 kilometres of state highways and 59 tourism areas.

This follows the government’s announcement last month committing $40 million from the Provincial Growth Fund to boost RBI2 and MBSF connectivity in some of the most far-flung parts of the priority surge regions.

Read the full news release on the Beehive website(external link)