Digital connectivity programmes

Significant government-led programmes are working to improve broadband and mobile connectivity for New Zealanders.

Where we’re going

The development of digital connectivity infrastructure is a vital component of New Zealand's economic growth, productivity improvements and our wider strategy to increase our global competitiveness, particularly compared to other OECD countries.

Although the government does not own or operate any telecommunications networks, it is committed to improving connectivity for the benefit of all New Zealanders. Becoming a leading digital nation will only be possible through the combined efforts of the government and telecommunications industry.

Crown funding

To make this happen, over $2.5 billion in Crown funding has already been allocated to roll out world-leading communications infrastructure through multiple connectivity programmes including:

  • the Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) programme
  • the Rural Broadband Initiative phases 1 and 2 (RBI1 and RBI2)
  • the Mobile Black Spot Fund (MBSF)
  • Rural Capacity Upgrade Programme (RCU)
  • Marae Digital Connectivity Programme
  • Remote Users Scheme.
In this section

Broadband and mobile programmes

The Ultra-Fast Broadband Programme, Rural Broadband Initiative and Mobile Black Spot Fund are together delivering improved broadband services and mobile coverage throughout New Zealand.

Lifting Connectivity in Aotearoa: Government Statement of Intent

'Lifting Connectivity in Aotearoa', released in December 2022, is a new ten-year vision for improving digital connectivity in New Zealand.

Fast broadband policy and regulation

We are responsible for a range of policy and regulations that control and facilitate broadband and mobile infrastructure.

Quarterly updates on broadband deployment

Each quarter, a Quarterly Connectivity Update is published reporting on the progress of the government's broadband and mobile programmes.

Last updated: 02 December 2022