New Zealand - Broadband Market - Insights, Statistics and Providers

Synopsis

New Zealand has experience steady growth 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.

Key developments:

Dunedin named as New Zealand’s ‘Gigatown’; Vocus Communications bids to acquire FX Networks, acquires Spark’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 89% in the year to June 2014; regulator’s market data updates; Vodafone increases VDSL speeds; FttP, FttN, cloud-based hosting services; unbundled exchanges; Statistics New Zealand data to June 2014; operator data updates; recent market developments.

Companies covered in this report include:

CallPlus, CityLink, Vector, TelstraClear, Spark NZ, Fyx, NOW, Airnet, Vodafone, WorldxChange Communications, Orcon, Maxnet, Vocus.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Market overview
    • 2.1 Fibre set to expand as fixed broadband uptake still growing
    • 2.2 Access methods
    • 2.3 Wholesale pricing
  • 3. The ISP market
    • 3.1 Market overview
    • 3.2 ISP filtering
    • 3.3 ISP surveys – Statistics New Zealand
    • 3.4 Subscribers by download speed and upload limits increasing
  • 4. Broadband statistics and forecasts
    • 4.1 Total market
    • 4.2 Spark New Zealand broadband statistics
    • 4.3 VDSL developments
  • 5. Major broadband service providers
    • 5.1 CallPlus
    • 5.2 ICONZ-Webvisions
    • 5.3 Maxnet
    • 5.4 NOW (previously Airnet)
    • 5.5 Orcon Internet
      • 5.5.1 Overview
      • 5.5.2 Unbundled exchanges
      • 5.5.3 Building strength through acquisitions
      • 5.5.4 UFB access growing
      • 5.5.5 International connectivity
    • 5.6 Snap Internet
    • 5.7 Spark (separate reports)
    • 5.8 TelstraClear/InHome (separate report)
    • 5.9 Vodafone (separate report)
    • 5.10 Voyager Internet
    • 5.11 WorldxChange (WxC)
  • 6. Fibre developments
  • 7. WiFi developments
  • 8. Mobile broadband
  • 9. Satellite broadband developments
  • 10. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Fixed-broadband penetration by access method – 2007 - 2014
  • Table 2 – Fixed-broadband connections by data cap (per month) – 2011 - 2014
  • Table 3 – Fixed-broadband subscribers – 2006 - 2015
  • Table 4 – Dial-up internet subscribers – 2011 - 2015
  • Table 5 – Average data consumption– 2011 - 2015
  • Table 6 – Proportion of broadband subscriptions by data rate – 2012 - 2013
  • Table 7 – Unbundled lines – 2007 - 2014
  • Table 8 – DSL and cable broadband subscribers – 2011 - 2015
  • Table 9 – Wholesale broadband lines (excl. Spark) – 2006 - 2014
  • Table 10 –Estimated number of ISPs and internet penetration rate – 2000 - 2014
  • Table 11 – Internet users and subscribers – 2000 - 2014
  • Table 12 – ISP share of broadband subscribers – 2012 - 2013
  • Table 13 – Internet subscribers by market segment – 2006 - 2014
  • Table 14 – Market share of ISPs by size – 2007 - 2014
  • Table 15 – Proportion of internet subscribers by download speed – 2011 - 2014
  • Table 16 – Internet subscriber numbers by download speed (historic) – 2007 - 2009
  • Table 17 – Internet subscribers by download speed (historic) – 2010 - 2012
  • Table 18 – Internet subscribers by upload speed (historic) – 2010 - 2012
  • Table 19 – Internet subscribers by download plan limits – 2010 - 2014
  • Table 20 – Proportion of internet subscribers by download plan limits – 2011 - 2014
  • Table 21 – Estimates of retail broadband subscribers by major provider – 2010 - 2013
  • Table 22 – Annual change of residential retail subscribers by major provider – 2009 - 2013
  • Table 23 – Fixed-broadband subscribers by platform – 2005 - 2013
  • Table 24 – Broadband penetration – wireless versus fixed-line access – 2005 - 2014
  • Table 25 – Spark retail broadband subscribers – 2011 - 2014
  • Table 26 – Spark broadband subscribers (retail and wholesale) – 2011 - 2014
  • Table 27 – Wireless broadband subscribers – 2011 - 2014
  • Table 28 – Wireless broadband subscribers – 2011 - 2014
  • Table 29 – Mobile broadband revenue – 2009 - 2014
  • Table 30 – Mobile broadband traffic – 2010 - 2014
  • Table 31 – Mobile broadband subscribers – 2011 - 2014
  • Chart 1 – Internet users and subscribers – 2000 - 2014
  • Chart 2 – Market share of ISPs by market size – 2007 - 2014
  • Chart 3 – Overview of broadband subscribers – annual changes by technology – 2005 - 2013
  • Chart 4 – Overview of Spark broadband subscribers – 2011 - 2014
  • Exhibit 1 – Orcon company acquisitions – 2000 - 2010

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