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Visitor connectivity push

Improved broadband and mobile services for rural New Zealand will boost the visitor experience.

28 October 2016

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Improved broadband and mobile services for rural New Zealand will boost the visitor experience.

A Request for Proposals has been issued by the Government to extend the Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI) and provide mobile coverage to black spots on state highways and in tourism black spots.

The list of tourism black spots that are in the running to get mobile phone coverage includes places like Cape Reinga, Milford Sound, many of our National Parks, Okarito Lagoon and Moeraki boulders.

It’s going to improve safety and allow visitors to immediately share through social media their visitor experiences.

Communications Minister Amy Adams says the aim is to provide high-speed broadband to the greatest number of under-served rural New Zealanders within the funding available and to improve the reach of mobile services to support safety on State Highways and enhance the visitor experience for tourists.

Read the government’s media release