21 Sep 2012

Ultra-fast broadband in Queenstown

1:34 pm on 21 September 2012

Queenstown on Friday welcomed the arrival of the ultra-fast broadband network as the Government's initiative to roll out fibre to 75% of New Zealand homes enters its second year.

The $1.5 billion project aims to deploy fast internet services to 830,000 urban homes, businesses, hospitals and schools by 2019.

Queenstown is one of the first major towns to receive the new technology.

Technology Minister Amy Adams says it is important for the South Island resort town be one of the first because of its position as a tourism centre.

More than 2000 Queenstown homes will be able to access the ultra-fast broadband network by July next year.

Three schools are among the first to connect to the service and local businesses are being encouraged to do the same.

Ms Adams says the national rollout is on track and this year 13 other towns will be linked to the network.