UFB network now has 55,000 users

19 Nov 2014

The New Zealand government has announced that more than 10% of all households covered by its Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) fibre rollout scheme are now subscribing to high speed services. At the end of September 2014 55,000 of the 536,000 households within the fibre footprint were using the new network, an increase of 15,500 subscribers since end-June.

Government agency Crown Fibre Holdings (CFH) is carrying out the UFB network deployments in partnership with four so-called Local Fibre Companies (LFCs): Chorus (covering 24 urban areas including Auckland and Wellington); Ultra Fast Fibre (Central North Island, including Hamilton, Tauranga, New Plymouth, Wanganui, Hawera and Tokoroa); Enable Networks (Christchurch, Rolleston and Raniora); and Northpower (Whangarei). While the original plan was for the UFB networks to pass 75% of premises in New Zealand by 2020, the newly re-elected National Party has vowed to increase the coverage target to 80% by the same date, promising up to NZD210 million (USD169 million) of additional funding to expand the project.