Story image

UFB build hits halfway milestone

19 Jun 15

The nationwide ultrafast broadband rollout has hit the halfway mark for its first stage, with 11 towns and cities now complete.

Communications Minister Amy Adams says the build is on budget and ‘well ahead’ of schedule, with more than 618,000 homes, workplaces and schools now able to connect to the UFB network.

"The UFB build is going from strength to strength, with fibre being rolled out to communities up and down the country," she says.

“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,” Adams says.

The nine-year UFB build started in Whangarei in December 2010 with the first stage planned to enable at least 75% of New Zealanders to access fibre to the premise by 2019.

An expansion of the programme, announced as part of last year’s election promises, takes the project out to at least 80% of New Zealanders.

The last quarterly usage figures for the project showed that by the end of March more than 85,000 Kiwis had made the move to UFB, with uptake increasing. The figures were a 23% increase in connected users since December 2014.

Adams says Kiwis are embracing fibre.

“It’s encouraging to see uptake rising around the country with thousands of new connections every month,” she says.

“New Zealand has the fastest growth in fibre penetration in the OECD at 272%.

“That’s significant when you consider that over the next 20 years, UFB is predicted to deliver $33 billion dollars in economic benefits,” Adams says.

How Adobe aims to drive digital transformation for financial services
Digital transformation is a requirement for ongoing competitiveness that clearly helps businesses run more efficiently.
Using blockchain to ensure regulatory compliance
“Data privacy regulations such as the GDPR require you to put better safeguards in place to protect customer data, and to prove you’ve done it."
Human value must be put back in marketing - report
“Digital is now so widely adopted that its novelty has worn off. In their attempt to declutter, people are being more selective about which products and services they incorporate into their daily lives."
A10 aims to secure Kubernetes container environments
The solution aims to provide teams deploying microservices applications with an automated way to integrate enterprise-grade security with comprehensive application visibility and analytics.
DigiCert conquers Google's distrust of Symantec certs
“This could have been an extremely disruptive event to online commerce," comments DigiCert CEO John Merrill. 
Microsoft NZ bids Goldie a “fond farewell”
Microsoft New Zealand director of commercial and partner business takes new role across the Tasman. The search for his replacement has begun.
Google says ‘circular economy’ needed for data centres
Google's Sustainability Officer believes major changes are critical in data centres to emulate the cyclical life of nature.
One Identity a Visionary in Magic Quad for PAM
One Identity was recognised in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Privileged Access Management for completeness of vision and ability to execute.