New Zealand’s Ultra Fast Broadband (UFB) programme has attracted its 100,000th subscriber, with the country’s Communications Minister Amy Adams labelling it ‘a considerable milestone for the project’. Adams added that the rollout programme is ahead of expectations, local news portal Stuff reports, with 13.8% of premises covered by the UFB networks subscribing to its services. Under the UFB scheme the government is supporting the deployment of high speed fibre-optic networks in a number of areas, with the rollouts being carried out by four Local Fibre Companies (LFCs): Spark (formerly Telecom New Zealand), Northpower Fibre, Ultrafast Fibre and Enable Networks. Services to end users are then resold by third-party internet service providers (ISPs), including Vodafone, 2degrees, Orcon, Kordia and CallPlus. UFB connections will eventually be offered to 80% of homes and business in New Zealand.