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Rural Broadband Initiative
Spark boosts rural wireless broadband capacity to meet COVID-19 demand
Spark has boosted its rural wireless broadband capacity in a bid to meet demand following the COVID-19 lockdown.
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Rural Broadband Initiative
Vodafone's Farmside: Rural internet connections triple
“Surpassing 15,000 customers cements our position as New Zealand’s leading rural broadband provider."
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IDC
Four NZ projects named as finalist in IDC's Asia Pacific Smart Cities Awards
Two projects from Christchurch City Council, one project from the Rural Connectivity Group and another from Frenzy Application have been shortlisted in IDC's Asia Pacific Smart Cities Awards.
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Commerce Commission
Testing begins at Vodafone's first 5G site in Christchurch
The new 4G cell site will increase the area’s access to communication services, with boosted mobile phone reception and data speeds faster than 3G.
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Rural Broadband Initiative
Broadband and mobile: Rural New Zealand gets more of the good stuff
Spark, Vodafone and 2degrees announce new rural broadband and mobile services in twenty locations 
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Mobility
Govt escalates rural broadband completion a year ahead of schedule
Communications minister Clare Curran says she wants "people to know they don’t have to wait until the end of 2022."
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Rural Broadband Initiative
Kiwi health group concerned about Govt. rural broadband pledge
Why should New Zealanders who don’t live in cities be the last to be supported?
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Fibre
Kiwi internet speeds soar as UFB rollout nears completion
"We’re tied for third fastest in the APAC region, [which] puts New Zealand alongside other global connectivity leaders such as Japan & South Korea."
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Internet
Who provides the best Internet? Broadband Compare Awards are here
The Broadband Compare Awards launch this week in response to the increasingly diversified Kiwi market of more than 100 Internet providers.
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Rural Broadband Initiative
Kiwis want faster internet, especially in rural areas, survey finds
"What the survey is showing us is that New Zealanders are ready to move on from the copper internet era."
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Rural Broadband Initiative
UFB uptake growing steadily, says Govt
“Access to fast and reliable internet helps create an environment for economic growth – it’s critical to helping businesses and communities thrive."
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Telecommunications
Govt announces new RMA standard for telcos
“This Government has made a priority of removing obstacles to improve connectivity and to modernise and streamline processes."
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Innovation
How agritech is transforming New Zealand's agriculture industry
"There are also opportunities for the application of big data and analytics, particularly as speedy online transfers of data between farmers."
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Telecommunications
Spark celebrates switching on its 100th RBI cell site
"We’re excited that Reikorangi is now home to Spark’s 100th RBI site, connecting the area to the rest of the country."
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Government
Government and Vodafone agreement means faster speeds and higher data caps for rural NZers
The new agreement means minimum peak broadband connection speeds under the RBI increase to at least six times the current levels.
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Amy Adams
More than 300,000 to benefit as first phase of RBI completed
“Before the project, rural communities were grappling with poor speeds, little better than dial up – but are now enjoying speeds around 100x faster."
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Internet of Things
Spark network provides new IoT wireless solution for farmers
Increasingly, technology is having a bigger part to play in one or our country’s biggest earning industries - and for good reason.
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Amy Adams
Adams celebrates RBI completion, acknowledges Chorus
“It’s now up to each community to make the most of this increased connectivity.”
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Chorus
Rural schools now have full access to completed Rural Broadband Initiative
Chorus has now finished its five-year project for the Government's Rural Broadband Initative (RBI), the company announced at a celebration in Waitomo.
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Rural Broadband Initiative
Adams marks rural broadband completion
“The programme has extended coverage to areas where previously there was none," says Communications Minister Amy Adams.
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Telecommunications
Taranaki to reap benefits of Spark 4G mobile coverage
“We’re always looking to improve access to mobile coverage across NZand we’re excited that Taranaki is now able to access the benefits of 4G."
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Internet
It's official: 1.2 million Kiwis now have access to faster internet
“Access to better broadband means more New Zealand businesses and students can make the most of the digital economy.”
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Government
New RBI tower brings greater connectivity to Kauaeranga Valley
“Broadband and mobile coverage to Kauaeranga Valley will ensure residents can use fast broadband, while visitors who come here can stay connected."
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Telecommunications
Spark investment improves small Waikato town broadband
A recent investment by Spark into the Government’s local Rural Broadband Initiative will see coverage expanded to the Waikato town of Aria.