The New Zealand Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) and the Regional Broadband Initiatives (RBI) are both being deployed across the country, yet it will be many years before these developments will be completed. However, these infrastructure deployments will set the stage for many new developments utilising high-speed broadband networks.
The uptake of fibre was slow during the first year as such new developments must compete with existing technologies and many customers have waited for existing contracts with ISPs to expire before switching to a new provider. High-speed networks are connecting schools as a priority, with all schools to be connected by 2015, while a growing number of businesses and residential premises are also being served.
The RBI is being developed by the joint venture of Chorus and Vodafone. Chorus is working on the rural network by installing and upgrading fibre to roadside cabinets and infrastructure equipment with retails service providers connecting the users while Vodafone is providing a wireless broadband service to many rural communities using the backbone fibre network.
This report provides an overview of the networks and the deliverables with BuddeComm analysis and we also provide an overview of the companies involved in the rollouts.
Wireless broadband, GPON, PON, regulatory issues, fibre rollouts progress, Local Fibre Companies and networks, market developments to November 2013.