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Fast broadband

Fast broadband

New Zealand's broadband is getting faster. 

The government has put in place two initiatives to improve broadband services - the Ultra-Fast Broadband Initiative and the Rural Broadband Initiative.

Together, the new broadband programmes will bring faster broadband to 97.8 per cent of New Zealanders.

The Government recently announced its intention to extend the Ultra-Fast Broadband and Rural Broadband Initiative programmes with additional funding, and establish a new Mobile Black Spots Fund to expand mobile coverage.


[image] Faster broadband is coming.


Ultra-Fast Broadband
Rural Broadband
Govt Action Plan

Ultra-Fast Broadband Initiative

[internal link] Learn more about the ultra-fast broadband initiative. The Ultra-Fast Broadband Initiative is a government programme to expand and develop New Zealand’s broadband services.

Ultra-fast broadband will bring fibre optic technology to homes, schools, hospitals, marae and businesses.

Crown Fibre Holdings monitors Ultra-Fast Broadband deployment and contracts with local fibre companies and Chorus. 

Rural Broadband Initiative

[internal link] Rural Broadband Initiative. This government initiative will deliver broadband Internet to rural communities at a cost and service level comparable with urban areas.

There will also be extended cellphone coverage.

Food and agri-business products contribute two-thirds of New Zealand's export earnings, so the benefits of improving rural broadband are expected to be significant.

Government Action Plan for Faster Broadband

[internal link] Download the action plan [85 KB PDF]. The Government Five Point Broadband Action Plan provides an overview of what the government is doing to support the benefits of faster broadband in five key sectors – health, business, education, community, and government.


Find out if you will receive Ultra-Fast Broadband or are you covered by the Rural Broadband Initiative. Email your physical address to and ask us to check for you.
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