For the past few years we've heard that the Government has been investing huges sums of money into a new thing called Ultra Fast Broadband (UFB). But what is it exactly and how will it impact New Zealand?
We've found a great analogy between Ultra Fast Broadband and the common garden hose
UFB is the Government's $1.5 billion dollar investment and is a significant upgrade to our national telecommunications infrastructure.
In short, 75% of New Zealanders will have a fibre internet cable running past their residential or business premises once the UFB roll out is complete.
And unlike expensive point to point fibre services that have been available across the CBDs of many New Zealand towns and cities for some time now, UFB is based on a model where a number of premises share a single fibre.
So how fast is ultra fast broadband fibre, is it much better than my current broadband service and most importantly what are some of the things I'll be able to do with it?
I'm going to address these questions and more over the coming weeks but in the meantime, I thought Richard from Next Audio Visual did a great job with his comparison of UFB to another common New Zealand utility - the water pipe.