The fibre network built under the Ultra Fast Broadband programmes (UFB) is completely new infrastructure, so work needs to be done on your street and property before you can connect.

Ultra Fast Broadband (UFB) is one of the biggest infrastructure projects ever undertaken in New Zealand, and the expansion to over 340 towns is a significant nationwide undertaking, from Kaitaia in the far north, to Bluff in the far south.

The entire UFB programme will be complete by 2022, with many towns starting and completing before that time.

More than 1.19 million businesses, schools, health centres and homes can connect to the UFB network.

Under the UFB programme, we will see smaller New Zealand towns receive world-class connectivity, with up to 1 gigabit broadband speeds, on par with the major cities in New Zealand and ahead of most cities globally.

What have we done so far?

The first stage of the Ultra Fast Broadband (UFB) programme – UFB1 – was completed a month early and within budget in November 2019. This stage made high quality broadband available to 79 per cent of New Zealanders.

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Around 190 new towns will receive access to fibre under the extension to the UFB programme, and the completion of the rollout will also be brought forward by two years, completing the entire network by the end of 2022.

In total, 412 towns and cities and 87 per cent of New Zealanders will have access to fibre-to-the-premises.

This will provide a boost for the regions which will lead to improved health and education outcomes, new and improved business opportunities, and greater connectivity with main centres as well as internationally.

Crown Infrastructure Partners and its deployment partners agreed deployment targets and then partners determined build scheduling. The timing and order of the rollout is based on the availability of contractors, meeting the agreed deployment targets as well as the need to build new network contiguously wherever possible.

Who builds the UFB Network

Crown Infrastructure Partners works with four companies to deploy UFB across New Zealand.


Chorus is the largest partner of CIP’s four Co-Investment Partners and is contracted to deliver fibre to about 1.3 million homes, businesses, schools and medical centres right across New Zealand by 2022.

Rolling out UFB to more than 350 communities right across the country.


The Enable Group (Enable) is made up of Enable Services Limited and local fibre company Enable Networks Limited.

Services Christchurch, Rangiora, Kaiapoi, Woodend, Lincoln, Prebbleton and Rolleston.


Established in 1920, Northpower has expanded from a Northland-owned and operated electricity distribution network to become one of the largest multi-utility contractors in New Zealand, with a reputation for excellence and innovation.

Services Kaipara and Whangarei

Tuatahi First Fibre

Tuatahi First Fibre was established as New Zealand’s first local fibre company (LFC) in 2011.

Services the Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Taranaki and Whanganui.