UFB on the menu as Minister backs South Island’s first fully-fibred town

“The next step is extending UFB from a target of 75 per cent to 80 per cent of New Zealanders, funded from the Future Investment Fund."

Communications Minister Amy Adams has thrown her support behind the South Island's first fully-fibred town, which now connects more than 6200 households, schools, businesses and health facilities in Oamaru.

Speaking at Aoraki Polytechnic in Oamaru, Adams says it was the third urban area in New Zealand to have its UFB network completed and the first in the South Island.

“The Government is committed to building world-class fibre infrastructure in regional towns around New Zealand because of the long-term gains it will bring," Adams adds.

"Faster broadband is critical to growing the economy, driving innovation and improving outcomes in education, health and the not-for-profit sector.

“Together, the Government and Chorus have invested more than $21 million to deliver UFB to Oamaru."

As reported by Computerworld New Zealand, this includes eight schools in the area connecting to fibre, seven of which have already joined up to the Government’s Network for Learning.

Adams says Aoraki Polytechnic was also benefiting from UFB after recently signing up.

The Oamaru campus can now connect to the Timaru, Ashburton and Christchurch campus via video conferencing which means that students can access courses and tutors that were not previously available in Oamaru.

Work began to deliver the high-speed fibre broadband network in Oamaru in December 2012 with the build making the first town to be completed by Chorus.

Northpower Fibre completed UFB in Whangarei in May and Ultrafast Fibre Ltd ended their work in Te Awamutu in October.

“The next step is extending UFB from a target of 75 per cent to 80 per cent of New Zealanders, funded from the Future Investment Fund," Adams adds.

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