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.
Three fibre providers to launch wholesale 1Gb/s services; 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 H1 2016, recent market developments.
CallPlus, CityLink, Vector, TelstraClear, Spark NZ, Fyx, NOW, Airnet, Vodafone, WorldxChange Communications, Orcon, Maxnet, Vocus.
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Last updated 23 Aug 2016
Analyst: Henry Lancaster
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