Rotorua is now fully fibre enabled

Rotorua is now fully fibre enabled
Sunday, June 19, 2016


Rotorua’s Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) rollout is now complete, meaning nearly 27,000 local residents can connect to New Zealand’s rapidly growing fibre broadband network and take advantage of all the benefits fibre broadband has to offer.  Costing over $40m the Rotorua fibre broadband network will be serviced by a wide range of fibre broadband providers. 

Communications Minister Amy Adams was in Rotorua to mark the completion of the fibre broadband network on the 17th June 2016 and whilst she was there Ms Adams said 18 of the 33 towns and cities included under New Zealand's Ultra fast broadband phase one rollout were now complete.

“Building UFB across the country is an enormous undertaking. It’s the biggest infrastructure project in New Zealand’s history, and it’s being delivered on budget and ahead of schedule,” says Ms Adams.

Chorus is the largest build partner in the UFB rollout, and has been responsible for the build in Rotorua – their largest UFB build to date.  Ms Adams says UFB uptake in Rotorua is above the national average at 22.6 per cent as of the end of March, and that with the network now complete, every month will see UFB penetration increase markedly.

“Schools, homes and businesses are rapidly discovering the benefits of faster broadband. New Zealanders tell us repeatedly that once they have fibre, they wonder how they ever lived without it.”

Thirty-one schools in Rotorua can connect to UFB as well as hospitals. The Rotorua build commenced in November 2011, and total investment exceeds $40 million.   

Since the UFB initiative began, the Government has allocated a further $360 million to extend faster broadband around the country and connect mobile blackspots. 

New Zealand Towns where the fibre broadband rollout is now complete include:  Whangarei, Te Awamutu, Oamaru, Cambridge, Tokoroa, Hawera, Ashburton, Blenheim, Whanganui, Taupo, Timaru, Greymouth, Masterton, New Plymouth, Tauranga, Hamilton, Waiuku and Rotorua.

Some New Zealand fibre broadband stats for Rotorua include:


  1. Rotorua is the 18th town completed
  2. Almost 27,000 households and businesses are able to connect
  3. 31 schools and hospitals are able to connect
  4. $40m investment
  5. Fibre broadband uptake in Rotorua is already at 22.6 per cent, or 6047 connected


If you live in Rotorua and are considering a change to fibre broadband then take a look at Broadband Compare where you can compare and contrast Rotorua Broadband Providers and find the very best deal for you.  Click here to compare fibre broadband providers for free.


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