The results are in: Communications Minister Amy Adams has released the latest quarterly report on the Ultra Fast Broadband and Rural Broadband Initiative.
The results reveal demand for faster and more reliable internet amongst Kiwis is still going strong.
“More than one million households, businesses, schools and hospitals are now able to access Ultra-Fast Broadband services,” says Adams.
“This means 2.4 million New Zealanders are now able to connect to UFB, which is an outstanding achievement this far into the build,” she explains.
“There are now more than 830 new households and businesses connected to fibre every working day – more than one every minute – as New Zealanders realise the benefits of the Government’s investment in high-speed broadband,” Adams adds.
According to the quarterly results, nationwide uptake of UFB is just under 24%, and over 240,600 New Zealanders are now connected.
“Internet connectivity has become an essential part of day to day life, and access to faster broadband opens up opportunities across business, health, education and within the local community,” explains Adams.
“Faster and more reliable broadband is transforming the way New Zealanders live, work and learn,” she says.
New Zealanders should head to www.broadbandmap.nz to check their connectivity availability.
UFB at a glance:
· 2.4 million New Zealanders able to connect
· 240,000 users connected to UFB – up 22.4 per cent on last quarter
· Nationwide uptake is at 23.9 per cent
· 19 of 33 towns and cities complete
· Build is at 68.2 per cent complete