Document Actions

Fast broadband

[image] Faster broadband is coming.

New Zealand's internet upgrade

Faster, better internet for New Zealand

The internet has fundamentally changed our world – from how we work and learn, to how we connect as families and communities. Being connected and online has become an essential part of our everyday lives.

That’s why Government is making a $2 billion investment on behalf of all New Zealanders into two major initiatives that will deliver faster, better internet: the Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) Initiative and the Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI).

Together, these two programmes will bring the benefits of improved internet connectivity to 97.8% of New Zealanders, opening up a huge range of business, educational, community and other opportunities.


The Ultra-Fast Broadband Initiative

The UFB Initiative is bringing faster, better internet to 80% of New Zealanders in their homes, schools, hospitals, marae and businesses – including all rural public hospitals and schools, and many libraries.

UFB is the latest in internet connection technology. Using fibre optic cables, it can typically provide download speeds of up to 100Mbps (megabits per second), and in some areas up to 1000Mbps.

By 2020, 75% of New Zealanders will be able to access the internet using UFB, with more to come. And all of our schools, hospitals and 90% of businesses will be connected by 2015.

More information about UFB and how to get connected.


The Rural Broadband Initiative

Government is also making sure that rural New Zealanders can enjoy the benefits of faster, better internet through the Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI).

Because UFB isn’t feasible for every rural community, broadband internet using existing infrastructure with peak speeds of 5Mbps (megabits per second) is being provided to more than 90% of homes and businesses outside of UFB areas.

Giving rural areas improved internet will provide significant economic benefits, while also giving rural New Zealanders access to new online health and educational services.

More information about RBI and how you can get connected.


Taking UFB and RBI to even more New Zealanders

Government has extended the ultra-fast broadband programme and Rural Broadband Initiative to even more New Zealanders.

An injection of $210 million from the Future Investment Fund will increase the number of New Zealanders with access to UFB from 75% to 80%, meaning approximately 50 additional small towns will have access to fibre internet connections.

More rural New Zealanders will have access to the RBI too, with another $100 million to extend it into even more rural areas. And Government is talking to businesses and communities throughout New Zealand to fix mobile coverage black spots along main highways and at major tourist sites.

Information for city and regional councils, and potential commercial partners interested in the extension of UFB and RBI is available.


Ultra-Fast Broadband
Rural Broadband

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.

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.
Last updated 10 June 2015