Rural Broadband Providers NZ

The Rural Broadband Initiative in New Zealand

The New Zealand Government fully understands the needs and requirements for broadband in the more rural parts of the country and as a result of this, they actioned the Rural Broadband Initiative with the goal of bringing a broadband connection to 86% of rural customers by 2016.

This initiative has been awarded as a contract to Chorus and Vodafone and is backed by a budget of $300 million NZD. The broadband connection that Vodafone and Chorus are targetting for rural consumers is a minimum of 5Mbit/s.

The plan to achieve this involves Vodafone installing 154 new cell towers and upgrading 387 new mobile cell towers across New Zealand. This has added over 250,000 addresses to the Vodafone 3G coverage across New Zealand.

By December 2014 Vodafone had successfully installed 104 new towers and already upgraded 305 of the other towers, this has already given a growth in mobile broadband coverage in rural areas of 231,010 addresses. The Chorus Broadband element of the Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI) is to provide a super fast fibre broadband connection to the new Vodafone mobile broadband towers as well as linking in with over 1,000 schools, 183 libraries and 50 different health providers. In order to do this, Chorus will be carrying out a number of different upgrades as well as installing 1215 new cabinets to increase the overall coverage on broadband via Gigabit-capable Passive Optical Networks (GPON), Very-high-bit-rate digital subscriber line (VDSL) and Asymmetric digital subscriber line (ADSL) coverage to an additional 100,000 lines.

As of December 2014 Chorus had already successfully upgraded and installed 81,040 lines across New Zealand which have seen an 80% uptake rate.

So obviously as you can see, rural broadband is definitely improving but getting decent broadband in some rural areas of New Zealand can still be tricky... That's where BroadbandCompare.co.nz is here to help! Whilst it may be tricky to track down a broadband provider in some rural areas of New Zealand we have pulled together a comparison of New Zealand's best rural broadband providers, splitting out by location and area as well as detailing any particular challenges that may come with your rural broadband connection.

Check out the BroadbandCompare.co.nz rural broadband providers section for specific Rural Broadband Providers NZ offerings for you to compare and contrast.

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4G 120Gb Get 1 month FREE! Call now: 0800 70...

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36Mbps 10Mbps
120 GB data
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4G 120Gb Get 1 month FREE! Call now: 0800 70...

Sign up for a rural wireless plan on a 24-month term before 28/02/2021 and get 1 month FREE! Offer is only available for new Farmside RBI customers. Terms and Conditions apply.
Terms and Conditions apply

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24 months

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Terms and conditions

  • Offer is only available to new Farmside RBI customers, signing up to a 120gb or 200gb RBI Wireless Broadband plan, for a 24 month term.
  • 1 month free only applies to the standard monthly plan charge. 
  • Applied when your broadband becomes active and will appear on your first or second bill.
  • Will be debited back if plan is downgraded during the first 6 months of the term or terminated before the end of the term. 
  • Early Disconnection Fees apply
  • Rural Wireless Broadband and 4G not available everywhere. Connection not guaranteed. 
  • Additional charges may apply for Managed Installations & additional travel.
  • Farmside will supply required equipment. $15 modem postage and handling fee applies. Modem required to be returned at customer’s cost if plan is terminated within 12 months of 24 month term. 
  • Offer available until 28/02/2021, unless Farmside, in its sole discretion chooses to extend it.
  • This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other Farmside promotions.
  • Standard Terms & Conditions apply
1 month FREE
29

4G 200Gb Get 1 month FREE! Call now: 0800 70...

from $0.00 /mo
First month then 155.99/month
36Mbps 10Mbps
200 GB data
1 month FREE
29

4G 200Gb Get 1 month FREE! Call now: 0800 70...

Sign up for a rural wireless plan on a 24-month term before 28/02/2021 and get 1 month FREE! Offer is only available for new Farmside RBI customers. Terms and Conditions apply.
Terms and Conditions apply

Full plan details

Contract options

24 months

Included features

Rental router

Terms and conditions

  • Offer is only available to new Farmside RBI customers, signing up to a 120gb or 200gb RBI Wireless Broadband plan, for a 24 month term.
  • 1 month free only applies to the standard monthly plan charge. 
  • Applied when your broadband becomes active and will appear on your first or second bill.
  • Will be debited back if plan is downgraded during the first 6 months of the term or terminated before the end of the term. 
  • Early Disconnection Fees apply
  • Rural Wireless Broadband and 4G not available everywhere. Connection not guaranteed. 
  • Additional charges may apply for Managed Installations & additional travel.
  • Farmside will supply required equipment. $15 modem postage and handling fee applies. Modem required to be returned at customer’s cost if plan is terminated within 12 months of 24 month term. 
  • Offer available until 28/02/2021, unless Farmside, in its sole discretion chooses to extend it.
  • This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other Farmside promotions.
  • Standard Terms & Conditions apply
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Capped Satellite 10

from $99.00 /mo
16Mbps 2Mbps
10 GB data
2

Capped Satellite 10


Terms and Conditions apply

Full plan details

Contract options

24 months

Included features

Rental router

 

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