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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."
31 May 18
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?
06 Sep 17
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."
14 Jun 17
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.
14 Jun 17
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."
23 Mar 17
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."
16 Feb 17
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."
29 Nov 16
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."
22 Sep 16
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."
22 Aug 16
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.
16 Aug 16
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."
09 Aug 16
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.
16 Jun 16
Adams celebrates RBI completion, acknowledges Chorus
“It’s now up to each community to make the most of this increased connectivity.”
13 Jun 16
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.
09 Jun 16
Adams marks rural broadband completion
“The programme has extended coverage to areas where previously there was none," says Communications Minister Amy Adams.
07 Jun 16
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."
16 May 16
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.”
12 May 16
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."
20 Apr 16
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.
04 Apr 16
Time to reassess your internet services
“Our focus now needs to turn to how we are going to use UFB and RBI to turn New Zealand into a digital economy."
16 Feb 16
Government completes school network upgrade project
"These initiatives mean schools have state-of-the-art infrastructure so they can make full use of ultrafast broadband in the classroom."
03 Feb 16
Spark and Vodafone show commitment with new cell towers
Mobile coverage has been expanded more than 1700 square kilometres of rural areas previously without coverage via 15 new cell towers.
02 Feb 16
Govt's RBI gaining speed
More rural New Zealanders are experiencing blistering internet speeds thanks to Rural Broadband Initiative towers being upgraded to 4G.
02 Feb 16
NZ's most remote schools now have fast internet access
“Our rural communities are just as important as our major centres and the RSBI programme reaffirms our commitment to reducing the digital divide."
28 Jan 16