New Zealand has enjoyed one of the highest yearly increases in fixed broadband penetration in recent years. The overall number of broadband subscribers grew by just under 10% in 2013, maintaining the momentum seen since 2010. The principal growth areas have been in the mobile broadband and fibre sectors. The number of fibre subscribers will continue to increase substantially over the coming years as the ultra-fast broadband service for urban dwellers sees increased uptake among consumers.
The uptake of mobile broadband will be bolstered by the expansion of mobile technologies based on LTE, and be supported by the Rural Broadband Initiative rollout which will add a large number of mobile cells to new areas. Although growth in the number of mobile broadband subscribers will slow as mobile penetration becomes further saturated, a further stimulant is expected from the impetus of the younger demographic migrating from fixed-line to mobile-only broadband services.
This report provides an outline of the key broadband providers in the New Zealand market as well as overall broadband statistics and estimates of market forecasts.
Vocus Communications bids to acquire FX Networks, acquires Telecom’s 10% interest in the Sea-Me-We 3 Perth-Asia cable; 2degrees to trial free WiFi in Wellington CBD; Optus signs deal to provide satellite broadband services; Orcon sold to CallPlus; Auckland preps for free WiFi service; government proposes higher UCLL charges; Google trials high-altitude balloon-based WiFi; 50GB data plans adopted by half of all broadband subscribers; fibre broadband connections grew 141% in the year to June 2013; regulator’s market data updates; Vodafone increases VDSL speeds; FttP, FttN, cloud-based hosting services; unbundled exchanges; Statistics New Zealand data to June 2013; operator data updates; market developments to mid-2014.
Companies covered in this report include:
CallPlus, CityLink, Vector, TelstraClear, Telecom NZ, Fyx, NOW, Airnet, Vodafone, WorldxChange Communications, Orcon, Maxnet, Vocus.