New Zealand - Fixed Broadband Market - Statistics and Analyses


The overall number of broadband subscribers in New Zealand has increased steadily in recent years, though at a slower pace in line with higher market penetration. 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 sees greater uptake among consumers. In line with faster broadband connections, the volume of data carried over these networks has also increased rapidly.

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. Vodafone New Zealand, with Nokia as partner expects to roll out 5G services by the end of 2019, ahead of Spark and 2degrees.

This report provides an outline of the key broadband providers in New Zealand’s broadband market, including a range of statistics and an analysis of developments with the main platforms.

Key developments:

  • UFB project declared 84% complete by June 2019;
  • Vodafone, Spark and 2degrees extend rural broadband and mobile services;
  • Infratil completes its acquisition of Vodafone NZ;
  • Chorus increases entry-level fibre broadband to 50Mb/s;
  • ComCom raises wholesale copper charges;
  • Dunedin named as New Zealand’s ‘Gigatown’;
  • Report update includes Statistics New Zealand data for 2018, regulator’s market data updates, telcos’ operating and financial data updates to Q2 2019, 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

  • Introduction and statistical overview

    • Market analysis
    • Wholesale pricing
    • Broadband statistics
  • Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks

    • Vodafone NZ
  • Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks

  • Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP)

    • Wholesale fibre
  • Other fixed broadband services

    • Wi-Fi/ WiMAX
    • Satellite broadband
  • Appendix – Historic data

  • Related reports

List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Fixed-broadband penetration by access platform (OECD data) – 2007 - 2018
  • Table 2 – Historic - Internet users and penetration – 2000 – 2016

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 – Change in the number of fixed-broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2023
  • Chart 2 – Decline in the number of dial-up internet subscribers – 2011 – 2018
  • Chart 3 – Growth in average data consumption per month – 2011 – 2018
  • Chart 4 – DSL, cable and fibre broadband subscribers – 2011 – 2018
  • Chart 5 – Market share of broadband connections by technology – 2011 – 2018
  • Chart 6 – Change in fixed-line broadband market share by operator – 2016 - 2018
  • Chart 7 – Change in the Proportion of broadband subscriptions by data rate – 2011 – 2018
  • Chart 8 – Change in the number of fixed-broadband connections by data cap (per month) – 2010 – 2018
  • Chart 9 – Change in the proportion of fixed-broadband connections by data cap (per month) – 2012 – 2018
  • Chart 10 – Proportion of internet subscribers by residential/business segment – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 11 – Change in the number of Vodafone NZ’s fixed broadband subscribers – 2012 – 2019
  • Chart 12 – Change in the number of Spark’s broadband subscribers by platform – 2015 – 2019
  • Chart 13 – Change in the number of Spark’s broadband subscribers by platform – 2015 – 2019
  • Chart 14 – Increase in the number of UFB fibre subscribers – 2012 – 2019

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Number of pages 35

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Last updated 25 Sep 2019
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Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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