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.
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
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', released in December 2022, is a new ten-year vision for improving digital connectivity in New Zealand.
We are responsible for a range of policy and regulations that control and facilitate broadband and mobile infrastructure.
Each quarter, a Quarterly Connectivity Update is published reporting on the progress of the government's broadband and mobile programmes.