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New Zealand - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

New Zealand - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

New Zealand government approves major telecom reform package

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 (UFB) service sees greater uptake among consumers. By March 2017 almost three quarters of the build in UFB1 areas had been completed, with about a third of premises taking a service. The second phase of the UFB (UFB2) will extend coverage to 84% of the population by 2024. In conjunction with the UFB, the incumbent telco Spark is planning to replace its legacy PSTN network with an IP-based network by 2022.

New Zealand’s mobile market continues to undergo significant developments. There have been considerable gains made in LTE services, with effective competition between Spark, Vodafone NZ and the country’s third mobile operator 2degrees. Coverage from LTE networks has widened considerably in recent quarters, supported by the Rural Broadband Initiative rollout which is adding a large number of mobile cells to new or underserved areas. This has bolstered the uptake of mobile broadband. Network operators also provide among the fastest LTE data rates globally.

With improved broadband connectivity, the average price per GB of data for fixed-line broadband has fallen to about a fifth of that four years ago, while 10% of broadband connections are now at a tier of at least 100Mb/s.

This report assesses the key statistical data and regulatory measures in New Zealand’s telecom market. It covers the fixed-line sector and the progress of the UFB network rollout. The report also covers the fixed and wireless broadband markets, noting the rapid take-up of fibre-based services among consumers. In addition the report analyses developments in the mobile voice and data segments.

Key developments:

Government signs off on a reform package aimed at improving the Telecommunications Act and modernising the telecom sector;
Rebranded Crown Infrastructure Partners to invest in greenfield housing infrastructure;
Spark, 2degrees and Vodafone make a joint bid for RBI2;
Spark planning to replace PSTN network with an IP-based network by 2022;
Vodafone NZ’s proposed merger with Sky cancelled;
Vodafone NZ begins upgrade to DOCSIS3.1 technology;
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts retracts bid for Vocus Communications;
Commerce Commission planning a review of competition in the mobile market in 2018;
Vodafone New Zealand and Spark commit to using LoRa technologies from 2018;
Vodafone New Zealand reports 2.8% increase in revenue for fiscal 2017;
Spark partners with Nokia to develop a path to 5G;
2degrees extends LTE to 85% of its network;
Report update includes ComCom and Statistics New Zealand data for 2016, operator data to June 2017, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Spark New Zealand, Chorus, Vodafone New Zealand, 2degrees, TelstraClear, Orcon, Snap, CallPlus, CityLink, Vector, Fyx, NOW, Airnet, WorldxChange Communications, Maxnet, Vocus, Skinny, Clear Mobitel, Black+White, Compass, Gemalto.


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Country statistics - 2017 (e)
    • Table Telecom services revenue and investment statistics - 2016
    • Table Telephone network statistics - 2017 (e)
    • Table Internet statistics - 2017 (e)
    • Table Broadband statistics - 2017 (e)
    • Table Mobile statistics - 2017 (e)
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
      • Table Telecom sector revenue - 2006 - 2016
      • Table Telecom investment by sector - 2006 - 2016
      • Table Access subscriptions by sector - 2006 - 2018
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • OVERVIEW
    • UBA, UCLL, LLU AND UBS ACCESS MARKET DEVELOPMENTS
      • Determination on wholesale services
        • Table Regulated UCLL and UBA pricing - 2010 - 2012; 2014 - 2015
        • Table UCLL lines - 2002 - 2016
      • Minor changes post Spark and Chorus demerger
    • TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICE OBLIGATIONS (KIWI SHARE)
      • Telecommunications Development Levy - 2010 - 2017
        • Table Annual cost of TDL - 2010 - 2017
    • TELECOMMUNICATIONS RELAY SERVICE (TRS)
      • Overview
        • Table Sprint payments from TRS/TSO - 2004 - 2014
    • TELECOMMUNICATIONS DISPUTE RESOLUTION (TDR)
    • NUMBER PORTABILITY (NP)
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS
    • OVERVIEW
    • SPARK
      • Table Spark key financial data - 2009 - 2017
      • Table Spark key financial operating highlights by annual change - 2009 - 2017
      • Table Spark revenue by service division - 2011 - 2017
      • Table Spark expenses by sector - 2010 - 2017
      • Table Spark capital expenditure - 1999 - 2017
      • Table Fixed lines in operation by division - 2008 - 2017
      • Table Annual change in fixed lines by division - 2009 - 2017
    • VOCUS (CALLPLUS, M2)
    • BLACK+WHITE
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • OVERVIEW OF THE NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • Table Local access lines - 2002 - 2018
      • Table Local service calling revenue - 2002 - 2016
      • Table Fixed-line voice traffic use per connection - 2008 - 2016
      • Table Fixed-line voice traffic use by type - 2008 - 2018
      • Table Fixed-line retail revenue - 2006 - 2018
    • UFB
      • Table UFB lines - 2012 - 2017
      • New networks adding financial value to the economy
    • WHOLESALE FIBRE
    • SPARK JOINT VENTURE WITH VOCUS
    • RURAL BROADBAND INITIATIVE (RBI)
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
    • SMART INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Renewable energy use target set for 2025
      • Electric vehicles trials and wireless chargers
      • Smart meters
      • Smart grids
      • Smart cities
      • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • FIXED BROADBAND MARKET
    • INTRODUCTION AND STATISTICAL OVERVIEW
      • Market analysis
        • Table Average monthly broadband price by platform - 2015 - 2016
      • Wholesale pricing
        • Table Wholesale broadband lines (excl. Spark) - 2006 - 2014
        • Table Unbundled broadband lines - 2008 - 2014
      • Broadband statistics
        • Table Fixed-broadband penetration by access platform (OECD data) - 2007 - 2016
        • Table Fixed-line broadband penetration (Statistics NZ data) - 2006 - 2016
        • Table Historic - Internet users and penetration - 2000 - 2009
        • Table Internet users and penetration - 2010 - 2018
        • Table Fixed-broadband subscribers - 2006 - 2018
        • Table Dial-up internet subscribers - 2011 - 2016
        • Table Average data consumption - 2011 - 2016
        • Table Average data consumption per user per month - 2011 - 2018
        • Table DSL, cable and fibre broadband subscribers - 2011 - 2016
        • Table Market share of broadband connections by technology - 2011 - 2016
        • Table Fixed-line broadband market share by operator - 2016
        • Table Proportion of broadband subscriptions by data rate - 2011 - 2016
        • Table Fixed-broadband connections by data cap (per month) - 2010 - 2016
        • Table Proportion of fixed-broadband connections by data cap (per month) - 2012 - 2016
    • HYBRID FIBRE COAX (HFC) NETWORKS
      • Vodafone NZ
        • Table Vodafone NZ fixed broadband subscribers - 2012 - 2015
    • DIGITAL SUBSCRIBER LINE (DSL) NETWORKS
      • Table ISP share of broadband subscribers - 2012 - 2016
      • Table DSL broadband subscribers - 2012 - 2016
      • VDSL
      • ISP surveys - Statistics New Zealand
        • Table Internet subscribers by market segment - 2006 - 2016
        • Table Market share of ISPs by size - 2007 - 2015
        • Table ISPs in service - 2011 - 2015
      • Vocus Communications
      • ICONZ-Webvisions
      • Maxnet
      • NOW (previously Airnet)
      • Orcon Internet
      • 2degrees (Snap Internet)
      • Spark New Zealand
        • Table Spark broadband subscribers (retail and wholesale) - 2011 - 2016
        • Table Spark broadband subscribers by platform - 2015 - 2017
        • Table Spark broadband revenue (retail and wholesale) - 2016 - 2017
      • Voyager Internet
      • WorldxChange (WxC)
    • FIBRE-TO-THE-PREMISES (FTTP)
      • Table UFB fibre subscribers - 2012 - 2017
      • Wholesale fibre
    • OTHER FIXED BROADBAND SERVICES
      • Wi-Fi
        • Table Fixed-wireless broadband subscribers - 2011 - 2017
        • Table Wireless broadband subscribers - 2012 - 2016
        • Table Mobile handset internet connections - 2014 - 2016
      • WiMAX
        • Table Zenbu subscribers, Wi-Fi zones and data throughput - 2007 - 2012; 2016
      • Satellite broadband
  • DIGITAL MEDIA
    • VIDEOSTREAMING
      • Quickflix
      • Lightbox TV
      • TVNZ
      • Ziln TV
      • TiVo
    • ANALOGUE SWITCHOVER (ASO)
    • COMMUNICATIONS: VOIP
      • Table VoIP subscribers - 2014 - 2018
    • SOCIAL NETWORKING
      • Usage and statistics
        • Table Overview of Facebook users in New Zealand - 2009 - 2015
  • DIGITAL ECONOMY
    • MARKET OVERVIEW
    • E-COMMERCE
      • Table Estimated New Zealand population shopping online - 2008 - 2015
      • Trade Me
      • Global newcomers to e-commerce in New Zealand
      • Online music
    • E-HEALTH
      • Personal health care records
    • E-LEARNING
      • Network for learning
    • E-GOVERNMENT
  • MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • General statistics
        • Table Mobile voice traffic - 2006 - 2018
        • Table Mobile voice traffic use per connection - 2006 - 2016
        • Table Mobile subscribers, annual change and penetration rate - 2001 - 2018
        • Table Annual change in mobile subscribers per major operator - 2002 - 2016
        • Table Historic - Market share of mobile subscribers per operator - 1995 - 2004
        • Table Market share of mobile subscribers per operator - 2005 - 2016
        • Table Spark prepaid versus postpaid subscribers - 2005 - 2017
        • Table Vodafone prepaid versus postpaid subscribers - 2005 - 2016
      • Revenue analysis
        • Table Spark and Vodafone network termination rates - 2009 - 2014
        • Table Mobile market revenue - 2006 - 2018
      • Mobile voice
      • Mobile data
        • Table SMS messages sent - 2009 - 2018
      • Mobile broadband
        • Table Mobile data use per connection - 2010 - 2016
        • Table Mobile broadband traffic - 2010 - 2018
        • Table Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration - 2010 - 2016
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Spectrum
      • Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
        • Table Spark and Vodafone network termination rates (Cents per minute) - 2011 - 2014
      • Mobile Number Portability (NP)
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Digital networks
      • 5G developments
      • Other infrastructure developments
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Spark Mobile
        • Table Spark mobile service revenue - 2009 - 2017
        • Table Spark capex - 2011 - 2017
        • Table Spark mobile subscribers - 2001 - 2017
        • Table Spark mobile monthly ARPU - pre/postpaid voice and data - 2009 - 2017
      • Vodafone New Zealand
        • Table Vodafone mobile subscribers - 2007 - 2016
        • Table Vodafone company financial data - 2012 - 2017
        • Table Vodafone company investment - 2015 - 2016
        • Table Vodafone New Zealand spectrum licences
      • 2degrees Mobile
        • Table 2degrees mobile subscribers - 2009 - 2012; 2015
        • Table 2degrees key financial performance figures - 2008 - 2016
    • MOBILE VIRTUAL NETWORK OPERATORS (MVNOS)
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • NFC payments
      • M-health

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