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# 181208 6-Oct-2015 15:50
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Ambitious target set for rural broadband

Recognising the ever-increasing demand for high-speed broadband across New Zealand, and its importance to regional growth, the Government has today announced a bold new connectivity target for areas outside the UFB footprint.

Under this target virtually all New Zealanders, regardless of where they live or work, will be able to access broadband at peak speeds of at least 50 Mbps by 2025, Communications Minister Amy Adams has announced.

“Our use of, and reliance on, technology and broadband connectivity are increasing rapidly. It’s vital that we set aspirational targets to ensure we keep up with this pace of change. This is about setting a vision of where we want New Zealand to be in ten years,” says Ms Adams.

By 2025, the Government’s vision would see:

 

  • 99 per cent of New Zealanders able to access broadband at peak speeds of at least 50 Mbps (up from 97.8 per cent getting at least 5 Mbps under RBI)
  • The remaining 1 per cent able to access to 10 Mbps (up from dial up or non-existent speeds).

Rural communities are set to benefit most under the new targets which mark a ten-fold increase on the current target peak speeds of 5 Mbps under the Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI).

“This change will see NZ move from 17th in the world for rural connectivity targets to 7th and ensure no-one misses out on the opportunities of the digital age. We want to see all Kiwis, whether urban or rural, with access to the economic and social opportunities high-speed connectivity brings,” says Ms Adams.

“We’ve come a long way already in improving rural connectivity under the RBI and 4G networks, with average internet speeds having tripled since this Government took office, but we want to take that even further.”

Budget 2015 set aside $360 million to extend Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) and the Rural Broadband Initiative and establish a Mobile Black Spot Fund.

The 2025 rural broadband targets are aligned with the Government’s two-pronged approach to boosting economic growth across regional New Zealand through the Business Growth Agenda and Regional Growth Programme.

Ms Adams says fast, reliable broadband allows rural and farming communities and regions to remove the barriers and disadvantages of distance, and provided opportunities for them to raise productivity, attract and retain staff, and compete on a national and global stage.

“The targets send a critical signal to industry and consumers. They will provide guidance for industry investment, regulators, and the Government’s broader policy settings. They also recognise the importance we attach to connectivity as a critical enabler of economic growth,” says Ms Adams.

The target date aligns with completion of existing connectivity programmes which are timed as follows:

 

  • RBI phase one due for completion December 2016
  • 4G rollout requirements due for completion August 2019
  • UFB phase one build due for completion December 2019
  • UFB phase two currently planned for completion 2022 (subject to contract)
  • RBI phase two completion subject to tender process
  • Rural broadband target of 50 Mbps for 99 per cent by 2025.




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  # 1401077 6-Oct-2015 15:50
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Hello... Our robot found some keywords in your post, so here is an automated reply with some important things to note regarding broadband speeds.

 



 

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  # 1401106 6-Oct-2015 16:09
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That's really cool, hopefully this will even cover Outram.

Would be keen to know what technologies they intend to use to deliever those sorts of speeds to rural areas? Would 4G/Next Gen support these sort of speeds or will it need to be some sort of WiMax setup?

 
 
 
 


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  # 1401147 6-Oct-2015 17:00
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Outram is set to get VDSL.
I wonder how they'll get connectivity to Haast where the phone lines are all delivered via microwave?

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  # 1401149 6-Oct-2015 17:04
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quickymart: Outram is set to get VDSL.

I wonder how they'll get connectivity to Haast where the phone lines are all delivered via microwave?


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  # 1401182 6-Oct-2015 18:23
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True, didn't think of that. Laying a cable - while expensive - would give more redundancy though, especially if it ran through to Queenstown or Wanaka (for example).

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  # 1401183 6-Oct-2015 18:25
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No additional funding though.

 
 
 
 


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  # 1401256 6-Oct-2015 19:53
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Good to see. Any inclusions for speeding up the UFB process in cities? Changes to the consents issues for example?

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  # 1401261 6-Oct-2015 20:01
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This is great to see!

50mbit over 4G will be interesting with caps, but certainly cant say i would see unlimited going out.




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johnr:
quickymart: Outram is set to get VDSL.

I wonder how they'll get connectivity to Haast where the phone lines are all delivered via microwave?


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It's amazing what they do with the Ericsson Microwave TDM gear. Plenty of it deployed across the country in all sorts of weird and wonderful ways.




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  # 1401369 6-Oct-2015 22:07
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BarTender:
johnr:
quickymart: Outram is set to get VDSL.

I wonder how they'll get connectivity to Haast where the phone lines are all delivered via microwave?


Boost microwave capacity


It's amazing what they do with the Ericsson Microwave TDM gear. Plenty of it deployed across the country in all sorts of weird and wonderful ways.


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kingjj: That's really cool, hopefully this will even cover Outram.

Would be keen to know what technologies they intend to use to deliever those sorts of speeds to rural areas? Would 4G/Next Gen support these sort of speeds or will it need to be some sort of WiMax setup?


Basically 4G and Wimax is now known as LTE




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  # 1402211 8-Oct-2015 09:56
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I could see this having a major impact on search and rescue.  Basically they are saying the entire NZ landscape will have cell phone access.




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  # 1402216 8-Oct-2015 10:07
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There are also a number of new LEO options that will be available over the next 5 or so years in the Asia Pacific area that has huge incremental improvements in bandwidth.


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pdath: I could see this having a major impact on search and rescue.  Basically they are saying the entire NZ landscape will have cell phone access.


Nope, the laws of physics wont allow it. Lots of SAR work (inc Maritime) will still be on VHF frequencies, where as Cellular starts in the UHF and heads towards the Microwave / SHF bands. VHF will always win for coverage eg the soon to be shut down pager network from only a relatively small number of sites verses a cellular network. 

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