“The objective of the first phase of the RBI was to deliver faster broadband to priority users and communities outside of Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) areas.
Around 300,000 New Zealand households and businesses will have improved broadband thanks to RBI. Rural hospitals and integrated family centres are able to access peak speeds of 100Mbps under the RBI.
All New Zealand state and state-integrated schools are able to connect under UFB or RBI, or the Remote Schools Broadband Initiative. Before the project began in 2011, only one in five rural homes and businesses had access to peak broadband speeds of at least 5Mbps.
By June 2017, 90 per cent of those outside of UFB areas will have access to the original target of at least 5Mbps, and most are in fact operating speeds well in excess of this.”
– Hon Amy Adams, Minister of Communications
RBI2 targets the users not covered by RBI1. Unifone has contracted with Crown Fibre Holdings to provide service to eligible end users in parts of Otago.
The government has set a higher standard for service under RBI2 than under RBI1. For instance, Unifone has to make all our wireless broadband plans available from all RBI2 funded repeaters as soon as they are brought into service. This includes our plans that run at 25Mb/s downstream and higher. This is not actually different to any other repeater network we build so customers in the most remote part of our network can access the same range of connection plans for the same price as a customer in Dunedin city.