Auckland's business and economy

Business and technology

The digital revolution has changed the way businesses operate.

Businesses need smart, cost-effective technology solutions to stay competitive.

We are helping businesses through this changing landscape by identifying new opportunities, such as significant infrastructure changes. Two major infrastructure changes include:

  • central government initiatives, such as the Ultrafast Broadband Initiative and the Rural Broadband Initiative, which will bring fast broadband to 97.8 per cent of New Zealanders
  • the building of fourth generation (4G) mobile networks to enable faster data speeds on mobile devices.

Find out more about these topics below:

Ultrafast broadband

Ultrafast broadband (UFB) will bring fibre optic technology to businesses, homes, schools, medical facilities and marae.

Chorus is building a large part of New Zealand's first open-access fibre optic broadband network on behalf of the government. In Auckland, Chorus are the only network builder.

The government is contributing $1.35 billion to the initiative with significant amounts of private co-investment also being contributed by the government’s broadband partners.

We are working closely with Chorus to make sure the works happen as smoothly as possible.

UFB will be available to residents in urban Auckland, Kumeu-Huapai, Beachlands, Waiheke, Pukekohe, Waiuku and much of Waiheke.

By 2015, 90 per cent of businesses, schools and hospitals will enjoy the benefits of UFB. These benefits include:

  • easier sending and receiving of files and data 
  • faster and more stable connections
  • consistent quality of service regardless of the weather
  • fast uploads which provide the quality of service needed for video calls and conferencing.

This means businesses will be able to start moving services like data storage online, without worrying about connections dropping, or a delay when trying to access information and services.

Get connected to ultrafast broadband

UFB is available in some areas now. Check the map on the Chorus website to see if and when you can get connected. Chorus has not announced plans for all areas yet, but more information should be available soon.

You can contact your internet service provider (ISP) to talk about UFB plans. To find out which ISPs are offering UFB, visit the Chorus website.

Connections are currently free for residential customers. Businesses will have to pay a small fee. 

Depending on the plan you choose, your ISP may charge additional fees for equipment or other services associated with the plan. 

If you live in an apartment building or have a shared driveway, you will need to talk to your neighbours, landlord and/or body corporate. It is the same situation if you work in a multi-unit building.

If you are building a new home, you may not have to wait for UFB as many sub-divisions are fibre ready.

Most electricians should be able to advise you if the wiring in your building is good enough to support UFB but more information is available from the Telecommunications Carriers Forum (TCF).

Check out the videos below to see how some Aucklanders are already using UFB at home and at work, and what the advantages could be for you or your business.

Rural broadband

In Auckland, 75 per cent of the land is rural. The central government's Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI) will help rural businesses, communities, schools and health services get access to ultrafast broadband speeds.

This improved service in rural areas is the combination of an upgrade to the existing copper network and through fixed wireless connections made possible by an upgrade to Vodafone's rural cellphone network.

Schools will get access to ultrafast broadband speeds. Other users will get access to peak download speeds of up to five megabits per second. This is equivalent to what many users get in urban areas now.

The rural broadband network is open access, so there will be a range of internet service providers for rural users to choose from.

We are working with central government and the telecommunications industry to improve services beyond that provided under the rural broadband initiative.

Get connected to rural broadband

Technology trends for businesses

Make sure you keep up to date with some of the latest developments, that can change the way you work.

  • Teleworking or flexible working: Also known as telecommuting, this means staff can work from home or another location without being based in an office.
  • Cloud computing: This is a solution for running software and storing data from anywhere. New Zealand is the first country in the world where the cloud computing industry has chosen to self-regulate.
  • Security and privacy: All businesses should be aware of computer security and privacy issues, as criminal and malicious activities can damage your business' reputation.
  • Gigabit Broadband: Gigabit broadband is 10 times faster than the top speeds offered by ultrafast broadband, and 100 times faster than most DSL broadband connections. Chorus is running a competition called Gigatown to select one town to become the best-connected town in the Southern Hemisphere by providing 1 gigabit-per-second broadband.

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