Rural broadband

What is RBI?

The Rural Broadband Initiative, or RBI, is now complete and has delivered better broadband to rural schools, health providers, some libraries and tens of thousands of residents up and down the country.
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Who do I ask about getting fibre?

If you have used our broadband checker and seen that fibre isn’t available or planned in your area, you need to...
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Is getting fibre expensive if I’m outside the network?

The cost will vary on a case-by-case basis, often depending on your proximity to the fibre network and legacy infrastructure.
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What if I’m trying to connect an object rather than a home or office property?

Chorus has experience in installing fibre to a range of structures requiring connectivity, regardless of whether they have an existing address or not.
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Can I still get fibre if I’m outside the fibre network?

Yes, you can still get fibre if your home or business is outside the UFB network.
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Why am I outside the fibre network?

Due to various factors including remoteness or difficult terrain, it is cost prohibitive for the fibre network to reach 100% of New Zealand addresses.
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What is the UFB footprint?

'UFB’ stands for ultra-fast broadband, which is delivered to connected homes and businesses by fibre.
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What are my rural broadband options?

Where new infrastructure has been laid as part of the RBI rollout, we can now offer fibre connections to eligible farms, businesses and homes.
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How does distance impact broadband connections?

On our copper network, a broadband signal can be delivered within a 6km radius, but its performance degrades the further your connection is from the exchange or cabinet.
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How do I get rural fibre?

Our main focus in RBI is delivering fibre to rural schools, libraries, cell sites, hospitals and medical facilities. To achieve this as efficiently as possible, we've leveraged our existing network and only built new duct infrastructure to reach these priority users.
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