UFB second phase rollout to reach 85% of NZ population by 2024

31 Jan 2017

The second phase of the New Zealand government’s Ultra Fast Broadband (UFB) deployment is now underway, with the authorities planning to cover up to 85% of the population by 2024. This projection follows 2009’s announcement that the government plans to reach 75% of the population by 2020, and 2015’s target of 80% coverage by 2020. A total of 18 towns have been earmarked for fast-tracked UFB deployment (to be completed by 2020), with rollout locations situated in the regions of Northland, Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, Hawkes Bay, Manwatu-Whanganui and the West Coast.

Government-backed Crown Fibre Holdings has awarded four telcos UFB deployment contracts, namely: Northpower, Ultrafast Fibre, Chorus and Enable. The organisation has claimed that, by the end of 2024, a further 423,000 New Zealanders will have access to the UFB network.