More than half a million households, businesses, schools and health centres are now able to connect to the New Zealand Government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband network, which continues to rollout ahead of schedule.
The report shows the UFB programme is about 7 per cent ahead of schedule. Over the three months to 30 June 2014, a further 96,339 end users gained access to fibre
This takes the total number of households, businesses, schools and health centres who are able to connect to the UFB network to more than 517,000.
The RBI is also ahead of schedule, with more than 230,000 rural homes and businesses now having access to either fast wireless broadband or improved copper services.
Eighty-nine new towers have been built to date against a target of 74, and 262 cell sites have been upgraded against a target of 203 by June 2014.
More than 2200 schools now have fibre installed and ready for service.
In addition, 41 of the most remote rural schools in New Zealand now have access to broadband capable of peak speeds of at least 10 megabits per second (about four times faster than previous services).
In all, more than 90 per cent of all schools who will be covered by the programme can now connect to faster broadband.
The number of customers signing up to a service under the UFB programme has jumped by about 44 per cent since the last quarter, taking the total number to 39,510.