It was announced yesterday, December 8th 2016 that the Waiheke Fibre Broadband build was now complete. The completion of the fibre broadband rollout to Waiheke means that more than 5600 local homes and businesses can now connect to faster and more reliable broadband internet.
The Communications Minister Amy Adams visited Waiheke Island to announce the completion of the fibre broadband rollout and said that the total private and public investment in the build totalled nearly $9.6 million, and took less than 18 months to complete after the rollout began in June 2015. Which is impressive stuff!
"Waiheke Island is the 21st area* to have its Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) build completed under the first phase of the programme," says Ms Adams. As of 30 September 2016, Waiheke Island’s UFB uptake was around 20 per cent, with more than 850 connections so there is still room for growth with the fibre broadband uptake figures nationwide now reaching around 30 per cent. The fibre broadband build is already over 70 per cent complete across the nation and with speeds being increased even further, the desire and benefits of fibre broadband in New Zealand are greater than ever.
"All schools on Waiheke Island are now able to connect to fibre through the UFB and Rural Broadband Initiative programmes. Te Huruhi School, Waiheke High School and Waiheke Primary School are also all connected to Network 4 Learning." Continued Minister Adams.
Chorus has also completed two Rural Broadband Initiative fixed-line cabinet upgrades on Waiheke Island.
"Fast and reliable internet is absolutely critical for New Zealand’s future, and it’s great news for those living on Waiheke Island, who are able to enjoy the benefits and retain their lifestyle," says Ms Adams.
"I would also like to acknowledge my colleague and local Auckland Central MP Nikki Kaye for her strong support in connecting Waiheke Island to UFB.
"The Government has set an ambitious new target for New Zealand’s connectivity - that by 2025, 99 percent of New Zealanders will have access to speeds of at least 50 Mbps, and the remaining one percent will have access to at least 10 Mbps."
So with the news that Waiheke Island broadband is now up to speed we would love to see more residents comparing Waiheke broadband providers and Waiheke Island broadband plans. There is a wealth of providers to choose from so click here to visit the Broadband Compare tool and compare Waiheke Island Internet plans to find the best Waiheke broadband providers.
* The other areas that have already been fully fibre enabled are Whangarei, Te Awamutu, Oamaru, Cambridge, Tokoroa, Hawera, Ashburton, Blenheim, Whanganui, TaupÅ, Timaru, Greymouth, Masterton, New Plymouth, Hamilton, Tauranga, Waiuku, Rotorua, Queenstown, Whakatane and now Waiheke Island.