Essential Fibre Terms / Offer Summary

Below are the terms that apply to our Essential Fibre Broadband Plan. You agree to these plan terms (including any updates). In addition, our General Terms for all customers will always apply. Fixed line terms apply too.

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Essential Fibre Broadband is one of our Fibre Broadband plans. 
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Service Overview

Service Description

  1. Essential Fibre Broadband is a broadband service for personal customers.   
  2. Essential Fibre Broadband does not include a landline.  This can be purchased in addition to the plan for a monthly charge of $10  


  1. Essential Fibre is not available in all areas, and eligibility criteria applies. Select the address checker to see what is available to you.  Address checker

Service Charge

  1. The monthly price for Essential Fibre Broadband is set out below and on our pricing page Plans and Pricing schedule.  View Essential Fibre pricing 
Plan   Average download speed*     Average upload speed*     Data allowance     Monthly price   Extra data
  Essential Fibre Broadband   321Mbps  or 100Mbps
110Mbps or 20Mbps


* Spark national peak time average speeds (MBNZ March 2022). You may experience a higher or lower speed than this. Speeds depend on your location. Enable, Chorus and Tuatahi First Fibre areas will be provided with Fibre 300; the rest of NZ will be Fibre 100 (estimated 100Mbps download, 20Mbps upload). Factors such as the performance of your modem, location of the server you’re connected to, the performance of your device and your in-home WiFi setup can impact the speeds experienced.   

Set Up Charge

  1. A one-off non-standard fibre installation charge, if you need to have fibre installed and your requirements aren’t standard. You can read more about this in our Fixed Line Terms. A one-off $14.95 postage fee applies if we need to send you a new modem.
  2. Essential Fibre Broadband plan does not include a modem. You can purchase one from Spark with a one-off payment or on Spark’s interest free payment term. Alternatively, you can choose to use your own modem.
    Find out about modem options
    Find out about Spark's interest free payment options 

Access Type

  1. Your access type will be Fibre. More information about access types and speeds can be found on the NZ Telecommunications Forum website. 

Find out more about access types and speeds

Other Information

Minimum Contract Period


  1. Essential Fibre Broadband has no minimum fixed term. 
  2. If you're on an open term and you terminate your plan before the end of any modem interest free term, you will need to pay the outstanding interest free payments when your plan ends. 

Notice period (cancellation)

  1. You’ll need to give us 30 days’ notice to end your plan, as we've set out in our General Terms.  

Other Requirements


   11. Not applicable.


Traffic Management

  1. We might have to pause, restrict, end or slow performance of your service if it’s necessary for us to protect our networks or manage traffic over our networks. We’ve covered this at clause 6.6 of our General Terms.

Fair use

  1. You need to use our services fairly – we’ve set out our rules on this at clause 2.6 of our General Terms.

Effects on Other Services

  1. Fibre modems are reliant on power. This means the landline and devices such as medical alarms or cordless phones won't work in the event of a power cut. So, it’s important to have a mobile phone handy for emergencies. If you or someone at your place, don't have a means to contact 111 during a power cut and are at particular risk of needing to call 111, you can register as a Vulnerable Consumer. If your application is successful, we will provide you with a way to call 111 during a power cut, at no cost to you. You can apply by filling out an application form. Find out more about Vulnerable Consumers at 
  2. If you want to make calls from a landline (including 111 calls), you’ll need to sign up for Essential Fibre with a landline. 
  3. If you’ve ordered Essential Fibre Broadband with a landline, it’s possible your existing landline will be disconnected for a few hours when your Essential Fibre Broadband connection is set up. 

Other Charges

  1. A landline can be purchased in addition to the plan for a monthly charge of $10. If you choose to purchase a landline all your national and international calls will be provided and invoiced by Spark. Local calls are free. We charge for national, international and mobile calls, but have a range of calling plans to suit most people. You cannot use another provider for your voice calls.



  1. Information about our disputes policy is available. View our disputes policy
  2. Spark is a member of the Telecommunication Dispute Resolution (TDR) Scheme. Visit the TDR website

Other Terms

  1. When you sign up to Essential Fibre Broadband, you will receive: Netflix Standard (HD) Streaming Plan for the duration of your Essential Fibre Broadband Netflix service. This means you can stream TV shows and movies on two devices at the same time and in HD. It also lets you download titles to two phones or tablet. View Spark's Netflix terms and conditions