The number of people connected
to the Government's ultra-fast broadband grew by 40 per cent
in the last three months of 2013, bringing the total amount
of users hooked up to almost 20,000.
This is about 5.5 per cent of the 363,000 people who could
connect to the fibre infrastructure at December 31 last year,
a rate of uptake which the Government sees as being in line
with overseas examples of this type of project.
This rate of uptake is slightly up from the last quarter,
where it sat at around 4.4 per cent.
Communications and Information Technology Minister Amy Adams
said today more than 25 per cent of the UFB project is now
The ultra-fast broadband scheme, which uses a mixture of
taxpayer and private sector funds, aims to offer 75 per cent
of the country internet speeds of 100 megabits per second by
In a separate programme, the rural broadband initiative,
179,000 homes and businesses outside of major centres can
connect to wireless broadband and 60,000 to improve
- By Hamish Fletcher of
the New Zealand Herald