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More than one third of New Zealanders now on ultra-fast broadband

More than one third of New Zealanders now on ultra-fast broadband
Thursday, May 11, 2017

The latest figures were released in the March 2017 Quarterly Broadband Update released by the government.

The NZ broadband usage data released today shows the number of NZ households, businesses, schools and hospitals connected to fibre broadband has increased 12 per cent in the past three months to 368,778.   This means that uptake in UFB is now at 33.3 per cent in fibre enabled areas of New Zealand.

Communications Minister Simon Bridges, said: "It's encouraging to see that strong demand for UFB is continuing, as connectivity continues to improve across New Zealand."

The first phase of the Ultrafast Broadband (UFB) rollout is nearing completion with 73.8 per cent of the fibre broadband build in the allocated areas completed.

The UFB initiative said in the release they will have UFB fibre to premises available to more than 84 per cent of New Zealanders by the end of 2024.

Ultrafast fibre broadband can reach peak speeds of more than 1000 megabits per second and the  number of users able to connect to UFB increased by 41,441 this quarter, bringing the total to date at 1,103,874.

The price gap between fibre broadband connections and older ADSL and VDSL connection types is closing and ultra fast fibre plans typically now cost the same as the slower copper plans.

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