NEW Zealand’s communications minister Amy Adams says her country is rolling out a fibre-to-home network similar to Australia’s national broadband network because it is “comprehensive and future proof”.
Ms Adams joined her Australian counterpart Stephen Conroy in Canberra on Thursday to launch a report and suggest ways to combat excessive trans-Tasman mobile roaming charges.
At the media conference, the NZ minister was asked to explain why her government went down the path of a fibre network to deliver high-speed broadband.
“The most comprehensive and future-proof network we could build was a fibre to the home package,” Ms Adams said.
“Effectively it made far better fiscal sense … and all the feedback we’ve had is it’s been the right way to go.
“It made better sense to do it now rather than come back in the future and retrofit a fibre to the node connection.”
New Zealand is spending $NZ1.8 billion in taxpayers’ funds with $NZ2 billion in private funding to roll out the fibre network, with rural areas receiving either fibre-to-the-node, wireless or satellite.
Ms Adams said the aim was to lift broadband access across the nation from 20 per cent to 86 per cent, for households, schools and health services.