NZ feels the need for speed: More Kiwis using Ultra-Fast Broadband
According to Communications Minister Simon Bridges, Kiwis are taking to Ultra-Fast Broadband. More than one third of New Zealanders with access to Ultra-Fast Broadband are connected and making use of the service. The March 2017 Quarterly Broadband Update was released today, and it shows a sizeable increase of 12% in the number of households, business, schools and hospitals connected to Ultra-Fast Broadband.
That number is now sitting at more than 365,000. Minister Bridges thinks it’s a good thing that New Zealanders are taking to faster broadband.
“It’s encouraging to see that strong demand for UFB is continuing, as connectivity continues to improve across New Zealand,” he says.
“There have been around 40,000 new connections in the past three months, with more Kiwis now having access to greater speeds and being better connected.”
The quarterly update also shows that deployment for phase one of the Ultra-Fast Broadband programme is about 75% complete, providing 1,103,000 households and businesses with access to very high download speeds of close to 1000 Megabits per second (Mbps). Alongside the Ultra-FastBroadband programme, the Government’s Rural Broadband Initiative is continuing to provide and deliver faster broadband to priority users and rural communities outside of areas with Ultra-Fast Broadband capabilities.
“We’re investing approximately $2 billion in UFB and RBI programmes which, overall, will allow 85 per cent of New Zealanders to access UFB by the end of 2024, and provide vastly improved broadband in New Zealand’s rural communities,” Bridges says.