Ultra-fast broadband to 100,000 students by 30 June 2012

Press Release – New Zealand Government

The roll out of ultra fast broadband-enabling fibre to schools is progressing well and will see nearly 100,000 students at 221 schools around the country connected by July next of year, says Education Minister Anne Tolley and Communications and …Hon Anne Tolley
Minister of Education

Hon Steven Joyce
Minister for Communications & Information Technology

5 October 2011

Ultra-fast broadband to 100,000 students by 30 June 2012

The roll out of ultra fast broadband-enabling fibre to schools is progressing well and will see nearly 100,000 students at 221 schools around the country connected by July next of year, says Education Minister Anne Tolley and Communications and IT Minister Steven Joyce.

The Ministers were commenting following the release today of details of the first 200 schools to be connected by Chorus, one of the Crown’s four partners for the UFB rollout.

During the same period, four schools in Tauranga, four in Wanganui and one in Hamilton will be connected by Ultra Fast Broadband Limited and a further twelve schools will be connected in Whangarei by Northpower.

Mr Joyce says 97 per cent of schools will receive ultra fast fibre enabling speeds of 100 Mbps plus over the next five years.

“The remaining 3 per cent of schools, which are in the most remote locations, will receive a high speed wireless or satellite connection. No schools will miss out.”

Mrs Tolley says UFB will transform New Zealand’s education system, making it one of the most wired in the world.

“Fewer than 200 New Zealand schools currently have bandwidth capable of the ultra-fast broadband speeds that are essential for applications such as high definition, two-way video conferencing.

“This technology means that students anywhere in New Zealand can have access to the best teachers and online resources anywhere in the world.”

Urban schools included in first year UFB rollout

The following is the number of urban schools by region covering agreed first year deployment plans (to 30 June 2012), which will receive a new UFB fibre optic cable connection:

Towns and cities where Chorus will begin work to connect urban schools Number of urban schools to be connected
by July 2012
Estimated number of students attending schools
Auckland 61 34,000
Blenheim 4 900
Dunedin 14 6,600
Hamilton 1 500
Masterton 8 3,000
Napier & Hastings 14 4,750
Palmerston North 17 5,000
Rotorua 17 8,400
Taupo 7 2,800
Tauranga 4 4,100
Wanganui 4 1,000
Wellington, including Porirua, Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt 58 23,500
Whangarei 12 5,100
Total number of schools 221 ~100,000

Note that deployment plans are yet to be agreed with Enable Networks for Christchurch and Rangiora.

ENDS

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