What’s the latest with the government’s planned rollout of ultra-fast broadband? We check up on the latest New Zealand fibre roll outs and help answer common questions such as: Is there fibre in my area, what are the benefits of ultra-fast broadband, and when can I get fibre internet?
This blog post will answer those questions and more queries related to New Zealand’s fibre rollout progress. We’ll also introduce you to our online fibre broadband checker tool!
The Ultra-Fast Broadband Programme
For those who are unaware, ultra-fast broadband or fibre is the latest high-speed broadband technology. Broadband can be delivered at 1,000 megabits per second via fibre optic cables compared to the traditional copper lines that were used in the past.
The New Zealand government have set themselves a target to have ultra-fast broadband be available for around 87 percent of New Zealanders by 2022. It’s called the Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) programme and should affect over 390 cities and towns across the country.
It is the largest infrastructure upgrade programme that the New Zealand government has ever undertaken.
Current State of Ultra-Fast Broadband in New Zealand
The Ministry Of Business, Innovation, and Employment release regular status reports on the latest UFB developments.
In the latest Broadband Deployment Update, they stated that as of December 2017, 506,075 users are connected to UFB in New Zealand.
This is up 10 per cent compared to the same period last year. 1,251,900 of households and businesses have access to ultra-fast broadband and 506,075 people have upgraded their broadband and connected, which is approximately 38% of people.
Benefits of Ultra-Fast Broadband
The first main benefit of ultra-fast broadband (fibre) is the substantial difference in download and upload speeds. Typically, speeds can be around three times faster than traditional copper methods such as ADSL.
Improved reliability and stability are another large benefits. No longer will you have to worry about your download being interrupted or your online conference call crashing mid-call.
In reference to stability, unlike traditional internet delivered over copper wires, the signal strength of fibre broadband stays consistent over a larger distance. From a business perspective, cost savings can be significant.
Fast internet is proven to increase productivity as there is less time spent waiting around and tasks are completed at a more efficient rate.
Can I Get Fibre in My Area?
Want to know if you can connect your home or business to New Zealand’s ultra-fast broadband network? Use the glimp Fibre Broadband Checker and you will find out straight away.
Our New Zealand fibre checker is a free online tool that you can use by simply entering your address. If fibre broadband isn’t available in your area, the tool tells you exactly when fibre will be installed at your location.
Furthermore, if fibre broadband is available at your location our broadband comparison tool will suggest fibre broadband plans in your area. We also let you filter results so that you can find the right fibre plan for your requirements.