New Zealand Telecoms Market Report

Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

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Publication Date: July 2024

Report Pages: 241

New Zealand’s Chorus to close copper network within a decade

The principal growth areas in New Zealand’s telecom market remain in mobile broadband and fibre, where most investment among operators has been concentrated. With the UFB rollout having been completed in December 2022, Chorus expected that 95% of the population could be covered with fibre in the short-term.

New Zealand’s mobile market continues to undergo significant developments. There have been considerable gains made in LTE services, with effective competition between Spark, One NZ, and 2degrees. Although 2degrees only has about 22% of the market, it manages mobile infrastructure on a par with the two major competitors. Having merged with Vocus, 2degrees also picked up the fixed broadband subscriber base of MyRepublic. All three MNOs expanded their 5G footprint in 2023, helped by the allocation of spectrum in the 3.5GHz range early in the year.

Key developments:

  • Vodafone New Zealand rebrands as One New Zealand.
  • Infratil Group acquires Brookfield's stake in One New Zealand.
  • MyRepublic exits New Zealand, handing its broadband subscriber base to 2degrees.
  • Government allocates 3.5GHz spectrum to the MNOs, with funds earmarked to upgrading networks in rural areas.
  • Spectrum in the 24-30GHz range to be allocated for mobile and satellite services from 2026.
  • Mighty Ape launches its MVNO Mighty Mobile on the One NZ network.
  • Chorus to close down the copper network by 2033.
  • Spark extends the reach of its 5G service.
  • Report update includes Statistics New Zealand data for 2022, ComCom’s June 2022 market report, Crown Infrastructure Partners’ data to June 2023, NZ Telecommunications Forum’s 2022 report, operator data to June 2023, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Spark New Zealand, Chorus, One New Zealand, 2degrees, Orcon, Snap, CallPlus, CityLink, Vector, NOW, Airnet, WorldxChange Communications, Vocus, Skinny, Compass, MyRepublic, Skinny, Slingshot, Trustpower, Enable Networks, Northpower Fibre and UltraFast Fibre

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