Significant government programmes are working to improve broadband and mobile connectivity for New Zealanders.
Where we’re going
New Zealand is in the midst of a major upgrade of its telecommunications infrastructure. The development of broadband and mobile coverage 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 Government, industry, and the private owners of New Zealand’s telecommunications infrastructure.
To make this happen, over $2 billion in Crown funding has already been allocated to roll out world-leading communications infrastructure through:
- the Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) programme
- the Rural Broadband Initiative phases 1 and 2 (RBI1 and RBI2)
- the Mobile Black Spot Fund (MBSF).
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.
Under the first phase of the Rural Broadband Initiative, a number of wireless internet services providers partnered with government to resell broadband services.
We are responsible for a range of policy and regulations that control and facilitate broadband and mobile infrastructure.
Each quarter, we publish a Quarterly Connectivity Update that reports on the progress of the government's broadband and mobile programmes.