Menu
​Kiwi telco report highlights growth of mobile and video streaming services

​Kiwi telco report highlights growth of mobile and video streaming services

The Commerce Commission has released its latest annual telecommunications monitoring report analysing the state of New Zealand’s telecommunications markets.

The Commerce Commission has released its latest annual telecommunications monitoring report analysing the state of New Zealand’s telecommunications markets.

Telecommunications Commissioner Dr Stephen Gale says the industry continues to change rapidly, with data consumption accelerating and mobile calling set to overtake that on fixed lines.

“New Zealand is well served, when we compare ourselves internationally, with regard to the ability for people to participate in the digital world - that is, to access government services, internet banking, news and social networking,” he says.

“The World Internet Project reports 91 percent of New Zealanders consider themselves active internet users.

“Our cheapest broadband services, at $75 per month, are five percent below OECD averages and fixed wireless broadband is available at $55 per month in 4G areas. We are also world leaders in affordable, low-user pay-as-you-go mobile plans.

“Contributing to economic growth, we now have numerous retail service providers marketing ultra-fast broadband on fibre. The prices for our higher-speed higher-data fibre services are close to OECD averages and well below those in Australia.”

As of 31 March 2016, ultra-fast fibre was available to 922,000 premises with 197,000 connected while in the copper broadband retail market, prices are more dispersed.

Wholesale broadband prices are $4 less now than 18 months ago, but the most popular voice and broadband retail bundles are generally more expensive than at that time, albeit with higher data caps.

“The trend, globally and in New Zealand, has been for consumers to get increasingly more data for their dollar whether via mobile or broadband plans,” Dr Gale adds.

“We wouldn’t have expected copper broadband retail bundles to be more expensive now than they were in 2014, given the drop in wholesale costs.

“We are keen to better understand the drivers behind this price rise and will keep an eye on competition in this particular market. It will pay for consumers to shop around.”

According to Dr Gale, new paid video streaming services took off in popularity from March 2015, with various retailers and Chorus reporting significant increases in data traffic to these sites.

“The increased traffic noticeably slowed some broadband services at peak times, which led to extra investment in capacity to resolve the issue,” Dr Gale adds.

In New Zealand, mobile pricing also continues to be competitive. For example, a bundle with unlimited calls and 2GB of data could be purchased in February 2016 for $59 per month, compared to $69 in August 2014 while the average broadband data consumed per connection jumped 50 percent in 2015, from 32GB per month to 48GB.

In addition, mobile data use increased 70 percent to reach 390MB per month over the same period with industry investment up to a new record of $1.77 billion in 2015.

Going forward, Dr Gale says ,obile revenue is set to exceed fixed line this year, increasing to $2.54 billion and dropping to $2.57 billion respectively in 2015.

Meanwhile, total telecommunications retail revenue reduced for the third consecutive year to $5.11 billion in 2015, down from $5.17 billion the previous year.


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags Commerce Commission

Featured

Slideshows

The making of an MSSP: a blueprint for growth in NZ

The making of an MSSP: a blueprint for growth in NZ

Partners are actively building out security practices and services to match, yet remain challenged by a lack of guidance in the market. This exclusive Reseller News Roundtable - in association with Sophos - assessed the making of an MSSP, outlining the blueprint for growth and how partners can differentiate in New Zealand.

The making of an MSSP: a blueprint for growth in NZ
Reseller News Platinum Club celebrates leading partners in 2018

Reseller News Platinum Club celebrates leading partners in 2018

The leading players of the New Zealand channel came together to celebrate a year of achievement at the inaugural Reseller News Platinum Club lunch in Auckland. Following the Reseller News Innovation Awards, Platinum Club provides a platform to showcase the top performing partners and start-ups of the past 12 months, with more than ​​50 organisations in the spotlight.​​​

Reseller News Platinum Club celebrates leading partners in 2018
Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ

Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ

HP has honoured its leading partners in New Zealand during 2018, following 12 months of growth through the local channel. Unveiled during the fourth running of the ceremony in Auckland, the awards recognise and celebrate excellence, growth, consistency and engagement of standout Kiwi partners.

Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ
Show Comments