UFF Waives Fibre Wholesale Costs For Student Households Without Broadband
Central North Island fibre company Ultrafast Fibre will waive its monthly wholesale connection charges for families with school-aged children living in homes without broadband connectivity.
The waiver is in place for the next six months and applies to the approximately 1,650 households identified by the Ministry of Education (MOE) as needing internet connectivity for learning, and which already have a fibre Optical Network Terminal (ONT) in the home (the small white plastic ‘box’ required to connect the fibre from outside the house to inside the premise).
fees of up to $55/month, normally charged to the internet
service provider (ISP), will be waived for these families.
This wholesale charge represents around half the cost of a
monthly retail plan provided by the
Under the initiative, UFF is
offering the MOE a speed plan the internet service providers
wish to deliver up to 200/20 megabits per
Fibre for these families can be
switched on at any time as their ONTs can be remotely
reactivated by UFF, giving them almost instant access to
fast, high quality broadband. Installing new ONTs is largely
prohibited under the government’s Covid-19 Alert Level 4
status, unless it is in support of those associated with the
delivery of essential services.*
work with MOE and retail service providers which tap into
its 3,500km network across a region of 35 towns and cities
to switch on fibre connections for the 1,650 eligible
families as quickly as possible.
proud to be doing our bit to support the government and
remove barriers to learning from home during this
unparalleled time of lockdown," says UFF CEO John Hanna. "We
acknowledge it will take a collaborative effort and there
are big challenges ahead to get our kids the connectivity
they need for their schooling.
as a provider of critical infrastructure servicing the
240,000 residents and businesses in the Central North Island
region, we are here and we are ready to support the
Government and our industry when, where and how we are
Mr Hanna says the company had made a significant investment in its network ahead of the Rugby World Cup and is confident the network will remain fully operational with plenty of capacity to meet the needs of its customers in the weeks ahead.
Internet use across UFF’s network
has increased by an average of 35% since 26
UFF will also defer its scheduled annual CPI (Consumer Price Index) price increase for its broadband products until at least 1 October.