The Mobile Black Spots Fund (MBSF) will improve the availability of mobile services to support safety on state highways and enhance visitor experience at key tourist destinations, which do not currently have coverage from any mobile operator.
This is to ensure that as many Kiwis as possible can share in the social and economic benefits mobile coverage offers, and to improve travel safety and emergency response capability in rural areas.
Mobile coverage currently covers areas where over 95 per cent of New Zealand’s population live and
work. However, our geographic coverage is currently sitting at around 50 per cent.
Deployment under the MBSF programme is expected to improve population mobile coverage from 95 per cent to 98 per cent and geographic mobile coverage by 20-30 per cent (from 50 per cent).
As all three established mobile operators – 2degrees, Spark and Vodafone – will be able to access the MBSF sites all mobile customers will be able to share in the benefits of this improved coverage, regardless of their chosen provider.
While December 2022 is the end date for the MBSF programme, the network will be rolled out progressively and made operational and so many areas will receive it before 2022.
The programme is grant funded from the Telecommunications Development Levy, an industry levy collected from telecommunications providers to deliver services not available commercially or otherwise at an affordable price.
CIP has contractedto build mobile coverage for over 1,000 kilometres of state highways by 2022. For State Highways the top priority is to deliver coverage to the longest black spots, black spots with the highest traffic volumes, and those with the highest vehicle crash rates.
CIP has contracted to buildmore than 100 tourist areas by 2022. Tourism areas were prioritised on the basis of visitor numbers per annum based on the International Visitor Survey
Broadband extended to 99.8% of the population
10,000 rural households and businesses
365km of State Highways
59 tourism areas
Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Minister Kris Faafoi have announced that significant additional rural broadband and mobile coverage will be deployed around the country over the next four years due to the expansion of the Rural Broadband Initiative phase two/Mobile Black Spots Fund (RBI2/MBSF) programme.
Click here for the press release.
For more information on this additional rural broadband and mobile coverage, see this fact sheet.
Follow this link for more information on new coverage
More information can be found in the documents below: