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