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