New Zealand - Fixed Broadband Market - Statistics and Analyses

Synopsis

The overall number of broadband subscribers in New Zealand has increased with steady momentum in recent years. The principal growth areas have been in the mobile broadband and fibre sectors. This trend will continue over the coming years as the ultra-fast broadband service for urban dwellers sees greater uptake among consumers.

The uptake of mobile broadband is being bolstered by the expansion of mobile technologies based on LTE, and is being supported by the Rural Broadband Initiative rollout which is adding a large number of mobile cells to new or underserved areas.

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:

Spark pays $9 million for a 70MHz block of spectrum from Woosh wireless; New Zealand Internet Exchange opened; Vodafone NZ begins upgrade to DOCSIS3.1 technology; ComCom raises wholesale copper charges; 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; Optus signs deal to provide satellite broadband services; Orcon sold to CallPlus; Google trials high-altitude balloon-based Wi-Fi; 50GB data plans adopted by half of all broadband subscribers; fibre broadband connections grew 128% in the year to June 2015; regulator’s market data updates; Vodafone increases VDSL speeds; FttP, FttN, cloud-based hosting services; unbundled exchanges; report update includes Statistics New Zealand data to June 2015, telcos’ operating and financial data updates to H12016, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

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

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Introduction and statistical overview
    • 2.1 Market analysis
    • 2.2 Wholesale pricing
    • 2.3 Broadband statistics
  • 3. Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
    • 3.1 Vodafone NZ
  • 4. Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
    • 4.1 VDSL
    • 4.2 ISP surveys – Statistics New Zealand
    • 4.3 CallPlus
    • 4.4 ICONZ-Webvisions
    • 4.5 Maxnet
    • 4.6 NOW (previously Airnet)
    • 4.7 Orcon Internet
      • 4.7.1 International connectivity
    • 4.8 2degrees (Snap Internet)
    • 4.9 Spark New Zealand
    • 4.10 Voyager Internet
    • 4.11 WorldxChange (WxC)
  • 5. Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP)
  • 6. Other fixed broadband services
    • 6.1 Wi-Fi
    • 6.2 WiMAX
      • 6.2.1 Compass Communications
      • 6.2.2 Kordia
      • 6.2.3 Vodafone NZ
      • 6.2.4 Woosh Wireless
      • 6.2.5 Zenbu Networks
    • 6.3 Satellite broadband
      • 6.3.1 IPSTAR
      • 6.3.2 Optus
  • 7. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Wholesale broadband lines (excl. Spark) – 2006 - 2014
  • Table 2 – Unbundled broadband lines – 2008 - 2014
  • Table 3 – Fixed-broadband penetration by access method – 2007 - 2015
  • Table 4 – Internet users and subscribers – 2000 - 2015
  • Table 5 – Fixed-broadband subscribers – 2006 - 2016
  • Table 6 – Dial-up internet subscribers – 2011 - 2016
  • Table 7 – Average data consumption– 2011 - 2016
  • Table 8 – DSL, cable and fibre broadband subscribers – 2011 - 2016
  • Table 9 – Market share of broadband connections by technology – 2011 - 2016
  • Table 10 – Broadband penetration – wireless versus fixed-line access – 2005 - 2015
  • Table 11 – Proportion of broadband subscriptions by data rate – 2011 - 2015
  • Table 12 – Fixed-broadband connections by data cap (per month) – 2010 - 2015
  • Table 13 – Fixed-broadband connections by data cap (per month) – 2011 - 2015
  • Table 14 – Vodafone NZ fixed broadband subscribers – 2012 - 2015
  • Table 15 – ISP share of broadband subscribers – 2012 - 2014
  • Table 16 – Internet subscribers by market segment – 2006 - 2015
  • Table 17 – Market share of ISPs by size – 2007 - 2015
  • Table 18 – ISPs in service – 2011 - 2015
  • Table 19 – Spark broadband subscribers (retail and wholesale) – 2011 - 2015
  • Table 20 – Wireless broadband subscribers – 2011 - 2016
  • Table 21 – Fixed wireless broadband penetration – 2005 - 2015
  • Table 22 – Mobile handset internet connections – 2011 - 2015
  • Table 23 – Woosh Wireless subscribers – 2005 - 2013
  • Table 24 – Woosh Wireless key financial results overview (historic) – 2004 - 2011
  • Table 25 – Woosh Wireless capex versus opex – 2009 - 2011
  • Table 26 – Zenbu subscribers, Wi-Fi zones and data throughput – 2007 – 2012; 2016
  • Chart 1 – Internet users and subscribers – 2000 - 2015
  • Chart 2 – Market share of ISPs by market size – 2007 - 2015
  • Chart 3 – Overview of Spark broadband subscribers – 2011 - 2015
  • Exhibit 1 – Orcon company acquisitions – 2000 - 2010
  • Exhibit 2 – Compass Communications – brief company history
  • Exhibit 3 – Background information on IPSTAR deployment in New Zealand

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