A fibre-to-the-premises broadband network built from scratch is likely to cost more than $5 billion, a study conducted by InternetNZ has concluded, and government may have to invest 75 percent of the cost for the operator to get payback.

The report investigates the investment required under differing scenarios to introduce high-speed broadband of at least 100Mbit/s for domestic users and 1Gbit/s for commercial users for 75 percent of the population within 10 years.

A more realistic scenario than a from-scratch build for FttH, the report finds, would be to use the infrastructure of utility companies such as electricity lines companies.

The report's author, Network Strategies, calculates the cost of such a network as a little over $3 billion, with about half the investment met by government.

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