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Rural Broadband Initiative stories

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Spark to close 3G network, makes way for 5G in rural Aotearoa
Wed, 29th Mar 2023
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Spark will close down its legacy 3G network towards the end of 2025, freeing up limited radio spectrum that will enable its 5G roll out across rural Aotearoa.
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Spark boosts rural wireless broadband capacity to meet COVID-19 demand
Mon, 6th Jul 2020
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Spark has boosted its rural wireless broadband capacity in a bid to meet demand following the COVID-19 lockdown.
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Vodafone's Farmside: Rural internet connections triple
Fri, 5th Jun 2020
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Rural broadband provider Farmside has experienced a 300% increase in new customers following the COVID-19 crisis in New Zealand.
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Four NZ projects named as finalist in IDC's Asia Pacific Smart Cities Awards
Mon, 23rd Mar 2020
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christchurch city council
NZ Innovations Shine in Asia Pacific Smart Cities Awards.
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Testing begins at Vodafone's first 5G site in Christchurch
Thu, 26th Sep 2019
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commerce commission
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4g technology
The new 4G cell site will increase the area’s access to communication services, with boosted mobile phone reception and data speeds faster than 3G.
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Broadband and mobile: Rural New Zealand gets more of the good stuff
Thu, 22nd Aug 2019
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Spark, Vodafone, and 2degrees launch new rural broadband in NZ.
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Govt escalates rural broadband completion a year ahead of schedule
Thu, 31st May 2018
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mobility
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New Zealand's rural broadband programmes have been accelerated by a year, with completion now expected by the end of 2021.
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Kiwi health group concerned about Govt. rural broadband pledge
Wed, 6th Sep 2017
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RHAANZ welcomes Govt's $270m rural broadband expansion but seeks fair costs for remote Kiwi communities.
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Kiwi internet speeds soar as UFB rollout nears completion
Wed, 14th Jun 2017
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fibre
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Government's Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) programme 75% complete, providing fibre access to over 1 million households and businesses in New Zealand.
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Who provides the best Internet? Broadband Compare Awards are here
Wed, 14th Jun 2017
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cloud services
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broadband
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wireless networks
The Broadband Compare Awards launch this week in response to the increasingly diversified Kiwi market of more than 100 Internet providers.
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Kiwis want faster internet, especially in rural areas, survey finds
Thu, 23rd Mar 2017
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New Zealanders are demanding faster internet for their homes, particularly in rural areas, according to a survey by InternetNZ.
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UFB uptake growing steadily, says Govt
Thu, 16th Feb 2017
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Over 1 in 3 NZ homes now enjoy ultra-fast broadband with a 13% surge in the last quarter, according to latest Government figures.
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Govt announces new RMA standard for telcos
Tue, 29th Nov 2016
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4g technology
The UK Government has introduced new standards to improve connectivity and streamline processes for telecommunications facilities.
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Spark supports next phase of Rural Broadband Initiative for Kiwis
Thu, 27th Oct 2016
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New Zealand telco Spark welcomes the next phase of the Rural Broadband Initiative to improve internet speeds in rural areas.
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How agritech is transforming New Zealand's agriculture industry
Thu, 22nd Sep 2016
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N.Z. agriculture poised to lead with agritech, as experts spotlight sector's vast potential for growth and transformation, says PAANZ chair Mackenzie.
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Spark celebrates switching on its 100th RBI cell site
Mon, 22nd Aug 2016
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Spark celebrates landmark achievement with 100th Rural Broadband Initiative site in Reikorangi, expanding 3G and 4G coverage.
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Government and Vodafone agreement means faster speeds and higher data caps for rural NZers
Tue, 16th Aug 2016
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rural broadband initiative
The new agreement means minimum peak broadband connection speeds under the RBI increase to at least six times the current levels.
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More than 300,000 to benefit as first phase of RBI completed
Tue, 9th Aug 2016
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Over 300k homes and businesses in New Zealand benefit from improved broadband, thanks to Government initiative.
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Spark network provides new IoT wireless solution for farmers
Thu, 16th Jun 2016
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iot
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telecommunications
Increasingly, technology is having a bigger part to play in one or our country’s biggest earning industries - and for good reason.
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Adams celebrates RBI completion, acknowledges Chorus
Mon, 13th Jun 2016
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The Rural Broadband Initiative build has come to an end, with Chorus' role in the $234 million dollar initiative being praised.
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Rural schools now have full access to completed Rural Broadband Initiative
Thu, 9th Jun 2016
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chorus
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Chorus has now finished its five-year project for the Government's Rural Broadband Initative (RBI), the company announced at a celebration in Waitomo.
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Adams marks rural broadband completion
Tue, 7th Jun 2016
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Phase 1 of New Zealand's Rural Broadband Initiative is complete, with 154 new cell towers built ahead of schedule.
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Taranaki to reap benefits of Spark 4G mobile coverage
Mon, 16th May 2016
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4g technology
Spark brings 4G to Taranaki, improving mobile coverage for residents and visitors, including access to Rural Wireless Broadband.
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It's official: 1.2 million Kiwis now have access to faster internet
Thu, 12th May 2016
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Over 1.2 million New Zealanders can now connect to faster internet, thanks to Ultra-Fast Broadband and Rural Broadband Initiative rollouts.