New Zealand’s government says the rollout of fibre infrastructure is ahead of schedule under its Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) project. The UFB scheme proposes to have high speed fibre networks available to 87% of the population in 390 cities and towns by end-2022. There were 506,075 UFB connections at the end of December, with households able to access download speeds of up to 1Gbps.
Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Minister Clare Curran said: ‘In total more than 1.25 million New Zealand households and businesses have access to UFB and 40% of those who have access are actually connected. There was a 10% uptake in connections between September and December.’
The UFB deployments are being carried out by a number of firms, including Chorus, Ultrafast Fibre, Enable Networks and Northpower Fibre. End-user services are then re-sold by third-party providers such as Spark and Vodafone. Rural areas of the country are being targeted under a separate scheme, the Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI), which uses a combination of fixed and wireless technologies.