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Ultra-Fast Broadband A Step Closer

Ultra-Fast Broadband A Step Closer

New Zealand is another step closer to bringing ultra-fast fibre broadband technology to more than 75% of New Zealanders.

Today, Information and Communications Minister Steven Joyce released an ‘Invitation to Participate’ (ITP) in its ultra-fast fibre broadband initiative to potential private sector partners.

Enable Networks Chief Executive Steve Fuller believes the government initiative to invest in ultra-fast broadband fibre infrastructure will have significant benefits for Christchurch and New Zealand.

“The ITP document we received today aligns well with our current investment plans, which will see our network deployed to all Christchurch businesses, schools and health organisations in the next two years,” he says. “We will be dedicating all of our resources to put in the best bid possible to ensure Christchurch is the first city to receive ultra-fast fibre broadband in New Zealand.

“Fibre is critical to the future of New Zealand’s infrastructure and just as electricity did last century, it will revolutionise the way we live. It will enable us to connect to the rest of the world, which means we can compete in international economies proving distance is no longer a barrier to business success.”

Proposals to participate in the partner selection process must be lodged with the Ministry of Economic Development by 29 January 2010.

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