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.
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.
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.
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.