The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's latest Quarterly Connectivity Report shows 10 cities now have fibre uptake rates of greater than 60 percent. The highest figure is at Rolleston where 74 percent are connected to the fibre network.

Nationally the uptake rate is now 55 percent, that's up from 52 percent in the June quarter. An additional 58,912 premises were connected to the UFB network in the three months to the end of September.

Commenting on the figures, Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Minister, Kris Faafoi says it shows the UFB network is not just providing benefits in the larger cities.

He says; “With UFB roll-out in 126 cities and towns around New Zealand, the deployment is now 87 percent completed and still ahead of schedule.

“This investment and the connectivity it is making available shows this government’s continued commitment to closing the digital divide so all New Zealanders who want connectivity, have it”.

Rural broadband is also surging. The report says phase two of the Rural Broadband Initiative means 40,000 households and businesses in "hard to reach regions of New Zealand" now have access to improved broadband.

In the September quarter, 17 marae were connected to broadband. This brings the total number of connected marae to 31.