Ul­tra-fast broad­band ex­tended in Waikato

Hamilton Metro News - - News -

The Ul­tra-Fast Broad­band pro­gramme is be­ing ex­tended to 25 more towns in the Waikato.

Last Thurs­day’s an­nounce­ment is part of the launch of the sec­ond, $300 mil­lion phase of the UFB pro­gramme, which will see fi­bre be­ing rolled out to 151 towns and 43 sub­ur­ban fringe ar­eas around the larger cen­tres which were cov­ered by the first phase of the pro­gramme.

Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Min­is­ter Si­mon Bridges said the $67.9m in­vest­ment in the UFB ex­ten­sion pro­gramme for the Waikato re­flects the Gov­ern­ment’s broader fo­cus on grow­ing and di­ver­si­fy­ing New Zealand’s re­gional economies.

“Connectivity is crit­i­cal to our re­gional economies and to New Zealand’s fu­ture,” said Bridges.

“Fi­bre has al­ready been de­ployed in Hamil­ton, Taupo, Cam­bridge, Toko­roa and Te Awa­mutu un­der the first phase of UFB.

“Once the UFB ex­ten­sion is com­pleted, over 90,000 peo­ple in small towns across Waikato will be able to ex­pe­ri­ence the same world-class broad­band as Kiwis liv­ing in larger cen­tres, and tap into the ben­e­fits.

“This means more pro­duc­tive busi­nesses, im­prove­ments to health care through video­con­fer­enc­ing be­tween doc­tors, spe­cial­ists and pa­tients, and im­proved ac­cess to on­line re­sources for students and teach­ers.”

Once the full pro­gramme is com­plete, more than 335,000 peo­ple in the Waikato will be able to ac­cess UFB.

Towns in the Waikato to re­ceive ac­cess to fi­bre un­der the UFB ex­ten­sion pro­gramme in­clude Waihi, Mor­rinsville, Mata­mata, Ngaru­awahia and Thames, among oth­ers.

For a list of the towns and ar­eas that will re­ceive ac­cess to fi­bre and an in­di­ca­tion of tim­ing for the roll­out, see www.broad­band.govt.nz.

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Twenty-five more towns in the Waikato will have ac­cess to Ul­tra-Fast Broad­band.

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