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New Zealand - Broadband - Statistics, Overview and Providers

Synopsis

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.

Key developments:

Optus signs deal to provide satellite broadband services; Orcon put up for sale again; rapid rise in mobile broadband revenue; broadband penetration grows 11% year-on-year; Auckland preps for free WiFi service; government proposes higher UCLL charges; Google trials high-altitude balloon-based WiFi; cable, Orcon sold by Kordia; ADSL, WiFi, UFB, fibre services uptake increasing; almost half of broadband connections now above 10Mb/s; 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 for 2012; Vodafone increases VDSL speeds; FttP, FttN, cloud-based hosting services; unbundled exchanges; Statistics New Zealand data to June 2013; operator data to June 2013; market developments to April 2014.

Companies covered in this report include:

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

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Overview of fixed broadband market in New Zealand
    • 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 Telecom 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 Telecom (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 - 2013
  • Table 2 – Fixed-broadband subscribers – 2006 - 2014
  • Table 3 – Dial-up internet subscribers – 2011 - 2014
  • Table 4 – Unbundled lines – 2007 - 2014
  • Table 5 – Wholesale broadband lines (excl. Telecom) – 2006 - 2013
  • Table 6 –Estimated number of ISPs and internet penetration rate – 2000 - 2013
  • Table 7 – Internet users and subscribers – 2000 - 2013
  • Table 8 – ISP share of broadband subscribers – June 2012
  • Table 9 – Internet subscribers by market segment – 2006 - 2013
  • Table 10 – Market share of ISPs by size – 2007 - 2013
  • Table 11 – Proportion of internet subscribers by download speed – 2011 - 2013
  • Table 12 – Internet subscribers by download speed – 2010 - 2012
  • Table 13 – Internet subscribers by upload speed – 2010 - 2012
  • Table 14 – Internet subscribers by download plan limits – 2009 - 2012
  • Table 15 – Proportion of internet subscribers by download plan limits – 2011 - 2013
  • Table 16 – Internet subscriber numbers by download speed (historic) – 2007 - 2009
  • Table 17 – Estimates of retail broadband subscribers by major provider – 2010 - 2013
  • Table 18 – Annual change of residential retail subscribers by major provider – 2009 - 2013
  • Table 19 – Fixed-broadband subscribers by platform – 2005 - 2013
  • Table 20 – Broadband penetration – wireless versus fixed-line access – 2005 - 2013
  • Table 21 – Telecom total broadband subscribers – 2011 - 2013
  • Table 22 – Telecom broadband retail and wholesale subscribers – 2009 - 2013
  • Table 23 – Mobile broadband revenue – 2009 - 2014
  • Table 24 – Mobile broadband traffic – 2010 - 2014
  • Chart 1 – Overview of ISPs versus penetration rate – 2001 - 2013
  • Chart 2 – Internet users and subscribers – 2000 - 2013
  • Chart 3 – Market share of ISPs by market size – 2007 - 2013
  • Chart 4 – Overview of broadband subscribers – annual changes by technology – 2005 - 2013
  • Chart 5 – Overview of Telecom broadband connections and revenue – 2009 - 2013
  • Exhibit 1 – Orcon company acquisitions – 2000 - 2010

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