UFB installation exceeds targets by 6000 premises
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At the end of the first year of the Ultra Fast Broadband initiative, the government says it has exceeded installation targets by more than 6000 premises.
A summary of progress released today shows that despite passing through over 76,000 premises only 1,233 users are connected to UFB.
The government defines a connection as a premise that has signed up to a retail service provider (RSP). A school is defined as connected when it has fibre to the gate, and is able to sign up to an RSP.
The office of ICT Minister Amy Adams reported that 176 UFB schools have fibre to the gate, and 485 RBI schools have fibre to the gate - which represents 85 percent of what the government predicted would be completed by this point.
Last week, Adams criticised members of the media for their "naivety" regarding timelines around the UFB. In her most recent statement, Adams says more New Zealanders will take up UFB as the installation continues.
“We are starting to see some exciting product offerings from retail service providers, but it takes time for products to be developed for the market and for people to recognise the value of UFB," says Adams.
A spokesperson for Adams told Computerworld the remaining 15 percent predicted of schools will be connected next month.
The report covers the period between June 2011 and June 2012.
By the numbers:
Premises passed: 28,435 this quarter | 76,311 to date
Connected users: 155 this quarter | 1,233 to date
Wireless RBI households: 52,923 to date | 147,000 target
Fixed-line RBI households: 19,028 to date | 105,000 target
UFB connected schools: 107 this quarter | 124 to date
RBI connected schools: 190 this quarter | 461 to date
The full report can be found here:
Figures show the scheme remains behind schedule, with 176 schools connected to the fibre but only eight actually using the high-speed internet.
There were 485 schools connected to rural broadband, with six using the service
So only 14 schools connected out of the 661 schools.
Fantastic effort! I think not.
Posted by Anonymous at 8:15:14 on August 6, 2012
Posted by Anonymous at 12:07:07 on August 6, 2012
From this mornings NZ Herald: http://goo.gl/YLwKy
John Ivil is the $300 million man - that's the amount of money he and his team of public servants have saved the taxpayer in two years.
The former army logistics officer heads a team of negotiators who have turned the Government's approach to spending money on its head.
Government departments have always taken an individual approach to buying goods and services, with $30 billion spent by agencies, hospitals, local councils and schools.
Public servants need cars, flights and office supplies, and each agency will head out into the market to try to strike the best deal with taxpayer money.
Now Mr Ivil and his team of 30 people at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment promote the Government as the "customer of choice", using the combined purchasing power to drive costs down and secure discounts.
Instead of Government departments going looking for the best deal, they now have the best deal looking for them.
Posted by Anonymous at 13:07:36 on August 6, 2012
Posted by @kiwibrew at 19:05:19 on August 3, 2012
Posted by Anonymous at 10:11:57 on August 3, 2012
Posted by Ready at 8:45:25 on August 3, 2012
The only provider I've found so far (Orcon) want you to sign up to a plan that includes their Genius VOIP solution.
Posted by Anonymous at 9:54:30 on August 3, 2012
And its not like I live in some back block rural property - I live in Paraparaumu Beach on the Kapiti Coast, which is home to tens of thousands of potential UFB customers...
Posted by Mark L at 15:17:24 on August 3, 2012
Telecom told me they diodnt have a product and voda say I dont have fibre in my area.
While I'm ranting I wouldnt mind a total solution here, fibre internet, plug in a micro cell site, proxy server, phone calls ... all in one handy small bill.
Posted by sticks at 20:35:18 on August 2, 2012