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New Zealand - Wireless Broadband - Statistics, Overview and Providers

New Zealand - Wireless Broadband - Statistics, Overview and Providers

The number of mobile broadband subscribers is estimated to have grown by around 12% in 2014, while the number of mobile internet handset connections grew by about 25%. Higher growth rates have been stymied by the lack of ubiquitous mobile broadband coverage, as well as the high cost of such services on a short-term basis. Some of these issues should be addressed in coming years through the extension of services based on LTE by Vodafone, Spark, and 2degrees. An industry body, the New Zealand Wireless Internet Providers Association, was set up in late 2014 to represent the interests of more than 20 smaller operators. The sector has also been supported by the government which pledged to inject up to $100 million to help wireless broadband operators expand and upgrade their networks. The national availability of reliable and fast mobile broadband services will be crucial if all citizens are to take advantage of new opportunities offered. Nevertheless, the ongoing multi-million dollar investment in the national UFB/RBI may present a further hurdle for wireless providers, since this infrastructure will close many of the existing gaps in coverage.

Wireless broadband is concentrated around New Zealand's major regional and city centres where the main providers, including Woosh, CityLink, Compass Communications and Zenbu offer coverage.

This report profiles the wireless broadband sector in New Zealand. It provides an overview of the major players, assesses the satellite broadband market, and provides a range of statistics on the sector.

Key developments:

3G Broadband, HSPA, spectrum WiFi, WiMAX, Rural Wireless Broadband developments, Google's Project Loon utilising balloons for wireless mesh network; Spark develops national WiFi network incorporating payphones.

Companies covered in this report include:

CityLink, Compass Communications, Craig Wireless, Farmside, IPSTAR, Kordia, Spark (Telecom New Zealand), TelstraClear, Vodafone, Woosh, Zenbu.


1. Synopsis
2. Wireless broadband market
2.1 Overview
2.1.1 Statistical overview
2.2 WiFi
2.2.1 Overview
2.3 WiMAX
2.3.1 Market overview
2.4 Satellite
2.4.1 Overview
2.4.2 IPSTAR
2.4.3 Optus
3. Major wireless broadband providers
3.1 Compass Communications
3.1.1 Company overview
3.1.2 Company divisions
3.2 Kordia
3.2.1 Overview
3.2.2 Metro WiFi network
3.3 Vodafone NZ
3.3.1 Rural Wireless Broadband
3.4 Woosh Wireless
3.4.1 Company information
3.4.2 Sale of company and 4G spectrum
3.4.3 Operating statistics and financial results
3.5 Zenbu Networks
3.5.1 Overview
3.5.2 Expansion into the Australian market
3.5.3 Subscriber and network statistics
4. Related reports
Table 1 Fixed wireless broadband penetration 2005 - 2014
Table 2 Mobile handset internet connections 2011 - 2014
Table 3 Woosh Wireless subscribers 2005 - 2013
Table 4 Woosh Wireless key financial results overview (historic) 2004 - 2011
Table 5 Woosh Wireless capex versus opex 2009 - 2011
Table 6 Zenbu subscribers, WiFi zones and data throughput 2007 - 2012
Chart 1 Overview of key financial results Woosh Wireless 2004 - 2011
Exhibit 1 Background information on IPSTAR deployment in New Zealand
Exhibit 2 Compass Communications at a glance
Exhibit 3 Compass Communications brief company history
Exhibit 4 Kordia at a glance
Exhibit 5 Woosh at a glance

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