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Broadband Market - Insights, Statistics and Providers - New Zealand

Broadband Market - Insights, Statistics and Providers - New Zealand

New Zealand has enjoyed one of the highest yearly increases in fixed broadband penetration in recent years. The overall number of broadband subscribers grew by just under 10% in 2013, maintaining the momentum seen since 2010. The principal growth areas have been in the mobile broadband and fibre sectors. The number of fibre subscribers will continue to increase substantially over the coming years as the ultra-fast broadband service for urban dwellers sees increased uptake among consumers.

The uptake of mobile broadband will be bolstered by the expansion of mobile technologies based on LTE, and be supported by the Rural Broadband Initiative rollout which will add a large number of mobile cells to new areas. Although growth in the number of mobile broadband subscribers will slow as mobile penetration becomes further saturated, a further stimulant is expected from the impetus of the younger demographic migrating from fixed-line to mobile-only broadband services.

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:

Vocus Communications bids to acquire FX Networks, acquires Spark's 10% interest in the Sea-Me-We 3 Perth-Asia cable; 2degrees to trial free WiFi in Wellington CBD; Optus signs deal to provide satellite broadband services; Orcon sold to CallPlus; Auckland preps for free WiFi service; government proposes higher UCLL charges; Google trials high-altitude balloon-based WiFi; 50GB data plans adopted by half of all broadband subscribers; fibre broadband connections grew 141% in the year to June 2013; regulator's market data updates; Vodafone increases VDSL speeds; FttP, FttN, cloud-based hosting services; unbundled exchanges; Statistics New Zealand data to June 2013; operator data updates; market developments to mid-2014.

Companies covered in this report include:

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


1. Synopsis
2. Overview of fixed broadband market in New Zealand
2.1 Fibre set to expand as fixed broadband uptake still growing
2.2 Access methods
2.3 Wholesale pricing
3. The ISP market
3.1 Market overview
3.2 ISP filtering
3.3 ISP surveys Statistics New Zealand
3.4 Subscribers by download speed and upload limits increasing
4. Broadband statistics and forecasts
4.1 Total market
4.2 Spark New Zealand broadband statistics
4.3 VDSL developments
5. Major broadband service providers
5.1 CallPlus
5.2 ICONZ-Webvisions
5.3 Maxnet
5.4 NOW (previously Airnet)
5.5 Orcon Internet
5.5.1 Overview
5.5.2 Unbundled exchanges
5.5.3 Building strength through acquisitions
5.5.4 UFB access growing
5.5.5 International connectivity
5.6 Snap Internet
5.7 Spark (separate reports)
5.8 TelstraClear/InHome (separate report)
5.9 Vodafone (separate report)
5.10 Voyager Internet
5.11 WorldxChange (WxC)
6. Fibre developments
7. WiFi developments
8. Mobile broadband
9. Satellite broadband developments
10. Related reports
Table 1 Fixed-broadband penetration by access method 2007 - 2013
Table 2 Fixed-broadband subscribers 2006 - 2014
Table 3 Dial-up internet subscribers 2011 - 2014
Table 4 Unbundled lines 2007 - 2014
Table 5 Wholesale broadband lines (excl. Spark) 2006 - 2013
Table 6 Estimated number of ISPs and internet penetration rate 2000 - 2013
Table 7 Internet users and subscribers 2000 - 2013
Table 8 ISP share of broadband subscribers June 2012
Table 9 Internet subscribers by market segment 2006 - 2013
Table 10 Market share of ISPs by size 2007 - 2013
Table 11 Proportion of internet subscribers by download speed 2011 - 2013
Table 12 Internet subscribers by download speed 2010 - 2012
Table 13 Internet subscribers by upload speed 2010 - 2012
Table 14 Internet subscribers by download plan limits 2009 - 2012
Table 15 Proportion of internet subscribers by download plan limits 2011 - 2013
Table 16 Internet subscriber numbers by download speed (historic) 2007 - 2009
Table 17 Estimates of retail broadband subscribers by major provider 2010 - 2013
Table 18 Annual change of residential retail subscribers by major provider 2009 - 2013
Table 19 Fixed-broadband subscribers by platform 2005 - 2013
Table 20 Broadband penetration wireless versus fixed-line access 2005 - 2013
Table 21 Spark total broadband subscribers 2011 - 2013
Table 22 Spark broadband retail and wholesale subscribers 2009 - 2013
Table 23 Mobile broadband revenue 2009 - 2014
Table 24 Mobile broadband traffic 2010 - 2014
Chart 1 Overview of ISPs versus penetration rate 2001 - 2013
Chart 2 Internet users and subscribers 2000 - 2013
Chart 3 Market share of ISPs by market size 2007 - 2013
Chart 4 Overview of broadband subscribers annual changes by technology 2005 - 2013
Chart 5 Overview of Spark broadband connections and revenue 2009 - 2013
Exhibit 1 Orcon company acquisitions 2000 - 2010

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