New Zealand’s Communications Minister Amy Adams has revealed that the country’s Ultra Fast Broadband (UFB) project had connected more than 815,000 homes, schools and businesses by the end of September, with fibre network rollouts now 56% complete. There were 133,684 UFB subscribers by 30 September – up 26% quarter-on-quarter – equating to a take-up rate of 16.4%. Ms Adams commented: ‘The UFB rollout is one of the most ambitious infrastructure programmes we’ve ever undertaken and is making great progress. We’ve focused on schools, health centres and businesses as priority users, but we’re seeing rapid uptake among households too.’ Around 80% of New Zealanders will eventually be covered by the UFB infrastructure, while rural areas are being targeted under a parallel scheme, the Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI), which focuses on wireless technologies.
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