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.