The latest report from the New Zealand government on the progress of its Ultra Fast Broadband (UFB) and Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI) schemes show that more than a million homes now have access to high speed services under the projects. At 30 June 2015 724,000 homes, schools and businesses were covered by UFB fibre networks, while a further 269,000 premises in rural areas were covered by upgraded fixed and wireless infrastructure under the RBI rollout. The UFB networks had 106,025 users at the same date. ‘The UFB build is over the halfway mark and as the network expands, the rate at which people are signing up for fibre is accelerating,’ said Minister for Communications Amy Adams. ‘At 14.6%, the uptake rate has quadrupled from what it was two years ago,’ she added. The UFB rollout to schools is now 96% complete, with 2,324 establishments covered; all schools will have access to fibre-based services by the end of the year.