Broadband rollouts boost Nelson internet


Nelson is streaming ahead thanks to the Government’s $2 billion Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) and Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI) rollouts.

Quarterly figures as at June 2016 show that Nelson’s UFB uptake is now 28.9 per cent.

“Nelson’s build is progressing well, and more than 20,300 are able to connect to UFB,” says Communications Minister Amy Adams.

“Nationwide, over one million households, businesses, schools and hospitals are now able to connect to the UFB network, with uptake at 23.9 per cent.

The RBI rollout is now complete in Nelson/Marlborough, with two new towers, and nine upgrades. More than 4500 are able to connect to fixed wireless, and 2000 can connect to fixed copper broadband.

“UFB and RBI are delivering economic and social benefits to hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders, creating jobs and stimulating growth in our regional communities.”