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New Zealand Ultra-Fast Broadband rollout 50% complete

Government Communications Minister Amy Adams has today announced that the build programme for the first stage of NZ’s Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) initiative has now hit the midway point. Ms Adams says the milestone highlights the success of the private-public partnership of UFB initiative. “The UFB build is going from strength-to-strength, with fibre being rolled out to communities up and down the country. The project continues to be on budget and well ahead of schedule with over 618,000 homes, workplaces and schools now able to connect to the UFB network. It’s held in good stead internationally, with Alcatel-Lucent highlighting the programme’s design and execution as well-managed and cost-effective,” says Ms Adams The nine-year UFB build started in Whangarei in December 2010 and is one of the most ambitious infrastructure projects ever undertaken in New Zealand. “I hear positive stories on the benefits of having access to UFB every day.   Whether it’s in the classroom, the shop floor, the hospital or in the office, better connectivity is transforming the way we live.  It means we can do things smarter, faster and cheaper.” The UFB build is now complete in 11 towns and cities with 2,200 schools have fibre installed and ready for service. The first stage of the UFB programme will enable at least 75 per...

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One month left for UFB and RBI bids

Today Communications Minister Amy Adams is alerting Local authorities they have just four more weeks to get their submissions in for phase two of the Government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) and Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI). Earlier in the year, the Minister put out a call to all councils seeking their views on priority areas and how they would support better broadband in their community. Ms Adams said there had been a good amount of interest from councils and had been encouraged by their initial feedback. The cut off for responses is 3 July 2015. “From what I have seen so far, a number of councils have grabbed this opportunity with both hands and already I’m seeing some innovative ideas. “With only one month to go before submissions close, councils need to continue to take an active role in working with residents and businesses to identify opportunities for broadband use and support rapid uptake. “This is a significant opportunity for councils to make a credible difference to the telecommunications infrastructure of their area and so we want councils to put their best case forward,” Ms Adams says. The information received from local authorities and communities will be an important part of deciding the amount, type and location of infrastructure to be deployed in this next phase. “While...

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NZ Govt increases internet connectivity investment to $2B

Today it has been revealed what funding has been set aside in the 2015 Budget to deliver on the Government’s commitment to roll out world-class internet connectivity for New Zealanders with the extension of its flagship broadband initiatives.. Communications Minister Amy Adams advises a contingency of up to $210 million in capital funding from the Future Investment Fund secures the next stage of the Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) in extending it to 80 per cent of New Zealanders. This will be...

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2degrees acquires UFB pioneer Snap

Today mobile carrier 2degrees have confirmed a long running rumour – and have announced an agreement to acquire Christchurch headquartered Snap. Snap were one of the earlier Internet Server Providers (aka Retail Service Providers) to offer Ultra-Fast Broadband services in the New Zealand market. The process of merging the two entities is expected to take some 3-4 month to complete and for the merge to be delivering noticeable benefits to customers....

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Ultra-Fast Broadband Blenheim rollout complete

Blenheim has been added to the other New Zealand towns which now have reached a completion of the Government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) initiative. Communications Minister Amy Adams today announced the completion today of UFB fibre internet services past some 12,500 homes, schools, businesses and health facilities. Uptake has been swift with Ms Adams advising “The uptake in Blenheim has been one of the highest in the country with over 14 per cent of residents already signed up for UFB”. “Businesses...

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Gigabit residential UFB fibre coming to Hamilton, Tauranga, Wanganui + more

Ultrafast Fibre have advised they have a new residential Gigabit UFB fibre service launching. This is ten times the top speed (100Mb/s) they currently offer to residential customers. The company is responsible for building and wholesaling Ultra-Fast Broadband (Fibre) services in Hamilton, Tauranga, Te Awamutu, Cambridge, Tokoroa, New Plymouth, Wanganui and Hawera. When the 1-Gigabit UFB service launches on 1 July 2014 wholesale pricing will be $65/month – with retail prices and providers as yet unknown. Ultrafast Fibre have committed to fix...

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Telecom NZ launch unlimited broadband plans

For the third time in it’s history, Telecom NZ have launched unlimited broadband plans. Catering to UFB, VDSL and ADSL – the plans put the nation’s largest ISP (approx. 50% market share) in competition with ISPs who have traditionally been those focused on unlimited plans. The UFB related pricing is detailed on the UFB NZ pricing plans page. Telecom have launched a TV commercial which user a new name for those with unlimited internet – ‘Giganaires’. The advert quickly...

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