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.
Ultra-Fast Broadband Initiative
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
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
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.