Top Scoops

Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | Scoop News | Wellington Scoop | Community Scoop | Search

 

NZ broadband zooming past Australia

Australia may be a bigger, better paid and more powerful nation than New Zealand. Yet there are areas where we are way out in front.

Recently I've worked on a project reporting the state of broadband around the world. Without giving my client's story away — I'll share it when the feature is published — I discovered New Zealand average download speeds are already significantly higher than those found in Australia.

That gap is only going to widen as more New Zealanders switch from copper to fibre.

Yesterday Communications Minister Amy Adams reported New Zealand's Ultrafast Broadband network now passes 517,000 premises.

More importantly 39,510 people have signed to buy fibre services. In round numbers that's eight percent of the possible market. The number is roughly in-line with rates seen in similar fibre projects elsewhere in the world.

Sure there have been niggles about aspects of the UFB roll out, but, on the whole, Chorus, Enable Networks, Ultrafast Fibre and NorthPower have done an excellent job laying fibre. And now the ISPs are starting to sell fibre services in earnest. While it hasn't all been smooth sailing and there are shoals ahead, the project is tracking well.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 

Scoop HiveMind Project: Universal Basic Income - Are We Up For It?

This is an opportunity for you as one of the 4 million potential funders and recipients of a Universal Basic Income to collectively consider the issue:
1. Is UBI is a desirable policy for New Zealand; and
2. How should a UBI system work in practice. More>>

ALSO:

Lyndon Hood: National Announces Plan To Hit Youth With Big Mallets

The National party has announced its youth justice policy, which includes a controversial plan for recidivist serious youth offenders to be hit over the head with a comically large rubber mallet. More>>

ALSO:

Lyndon Hood: This ->

It's been brought to my attention that Labour's new campaign slogan is "Let's do this". A collective call to action. A mission. I myself was halfway out of the couch before I realised I wasn't sure what it was I was supposed to do. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Hivemind Report: What New Zealanders Think About Affordable Housing

Ordinary citizens have had very few venues where they can debate and discuss as to what they believe has led to the crisis in affordable housing and how we might begin to address this. The HiveMind on affordable housing was about redressing the balance. More>>

ALSO:

New Hivemind Exploration: Opening The Election - Freshwater Quality

This is an opportunity for you as one of the 4 million guardians of our common water resources to help us find mutually agreeable solutions to the critical task of collectively managing these resources for health and sustainability. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  • PublicAddress
  • Pundit
  • Kiwiblog