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.
This report provides an outline of the key broadband providers in the New Zealand market as well of broadband statistics and developments of the main platforms.
Chorus increases entry-level fibre broadband to 50Mb/s; Spark launches its Ultra Fast Fibre MAX broadband plans; 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’; Kohlberg Kravis Roberts retracts bid for Vocus Communications; Optus signs deal to provide satellite broadband services; Orcon sold to CallPlus; Google trials high-altitude balloon-based Wi-Fi; more than half of all broadband subscribers take data plans of at least 50GB; fibre broadband connections reach 368,000 by April 2017; Vodafone increases VDSL speeds; report update includes Statistics New Zealand data for 2016, regulator’s market data updates, telcos’ operating and financial data updates to Q2 2017, 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 2017
Analyst: Henry Lancaster
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