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New Zealand - Broadband - Statistics, Overview and Providers


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Overall broadband subscriber numbers in New Zealand increased by just over 11% in 2012, which was about the same increase as the previous year. The big percentage growth areas were in mobile broadband and fibre. Fibre subscribers will continue to increase substantially over the coming years as the ultra-fast broadband service for urban dwellers and the Rural Broadband Initiative start to see increased uptake. New Zealand had the highest percentage yearly increase in fixed broadband penetration in the year to mid-2012.

Fixed-mobile broadband may see its uptake increase as the expansion of mobile technologies develops with the RBI rollout adding mobile cells to new areas. Yet increases in mobile broadband subscribers will eventually slow as mobile penetration becomes further saturated. For more information on broadband subscribers, see chapter 4.

In this report we provide an outline of the some of the key broadband providers in the New Zealand market as well as overall broadband statistics and estimates of market forecasts. We also provide an overview of the sector in tabular and charts formats in an easy-to-read format.

Key developments:

Broadband penetration increasing, Cable, ADSL, WiFi, UFB, Fibre services uptake increasing, dial-up subscribers reducing, FttH, FttN, cloud-based hosting services, unbundled exchanges, market developments to mid-2013.

Companies covered in this report include:

CallPlus, CityLink, Vector, TelstraClear, Telecom 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 Telecom New Zealand broadband statistics
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
5.6 Snap Internet
5.7 Telecom (separate reports)
5.8 TelstraClear/InHome (separate report)
5.9 Vodafone (separate report)
5.10 WorldxChange (WxC)
6. Fibre developments
7. Related reports
Table 1 – Fixed-broadband penetration by access method – 2007 - 2012
Table 2 – Fixed-broadband subscribers – 2006 - 2012
Table 3 – Unbundled lines – 2007 - 2012
Table 4 – Wholesale broadband lines (excl. Telecom) – 2006 - 2012
Table 5 – Estimated number of ISPs, users, subscribers and penetration rate – 2000 - 2013
Table 6 – ISP share of broadband subscribers – June 2012
Table 7 – Overview of filtering of internet access – 2010 - 2011
Table 8 – Mobile devices being internet site filtered by brand – 2010 - 2011
Table 9 – Internet subscribers by market segment – 2006 - 2012
Table 10 – ISPs by size – 2010 - 2013
Table 11 – Internet subscribers by download speed – 2010 - 2012
Table 12 – Internet subscribers by upload speed – 2010 - 2012
Table 13 – Internet subscribers by download plan limits – 2009 - 2012
Table 14 – Internet subscriber numbers by download speed (historic) – 2007 - 2009
Table 15 – Estimates of residential broadband subscribers by major provider – 2010 - 2013
Table 16 – Annual change of residential broadband subscribers by major provider – 2009 - 2013
Table 17 – Broadband subscribers by technology – 2007 - 2013
Table 18 – Broadband penetration – wireless versus fixed-line access – 2005 - 2013
Table 19 – Telecom broadband retail and wholesale subscribers – 2008 - 2011
Chart 1 – Overview of ISPs versus penetration rate – 2005 - 2013
Chart 2 – Overview of internet users versus subscribers – 2005 - 2013
Chart 3 – Overview of ISPs by market size – 2007 - 2013
Chart 4 – Overview of broadband subscribers by download data limits – 2012
Chart 5 – Overview of broadband subscribers – annual changes by technology – 2009 - 2013
Chart 6 – Overview of Telecom broadband connections and revenue – 2005 - 2011
Exhibit 1 – Orcon company acquisitions – 2000 - 2010

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