Ultra-Fast Broadband Initiative
Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) is being rolled out across New Zealand in partnership with a number of different fibre companies.
For more information about the benefits of Ultra-Fast broadband, and to see if you will receive faster broadband under the Ultra-Fast or Rural Broadband Initiative, see Fast Broadband.
Crown Fibre Holdings (CFH) was formed as a Crown-owned company to manage the Government's investment in Ultra-Fast Broadband infrastructure. CFH completed its initial task of selecting partners to participate in the UFB initiative in 2011. The telecommunications industry has recently sought clarification of the subsequent role of CFH over the period during which the Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) network is being built, and around the setting of prices on the UFB network.
Following discussion between the telecommunications sector and the Ministry of Economic Development and CFH, the Minister for Communications and Information Technology and the the Minister of Finance have written to the New Zealand Telecommunications Forum (TCF) clarifying CFH's role.
The government’s broadband partners were required to submit ‘Deeds of undertaking’ to confirm open access on their fibre networks.
The Statement of Economic Policy from the Minister for Communications and Information Technology to the Commerce Commission in relation to incentives for businesses to invest in ultra-fast broadband infrastructure.
The two Regulatory Impact Statements inform the development of amendments to the Ultra-Fast Broadband Initiative model.