Some perspective on how the 4G networks being rolled-out by Vodafone, Telecom NZ and 2degrees will effect the broader New Zealand economy comes in this morning’s subscriber-only CommsDay.
I take a closer look at the government’s official broadband numbers at the IITP Techblog.
Akamai’s latest State of the Internet report notes New Zealand’s average broadband connection speed was 5.1 Mbps in the third quarter of 2013.
While that’s an improvement of 31 percent on a year earlier it still means New Zealand ranks at position 46 in the global league table a long way behind South Korea where broadband speeds average 22.1 Mbps. Australia comes in at 43 with average speeds of 5.5 Mbps.
The global average broadband speed is 3.6 Mbps.
Akamai’s survey takes data gathered from users connected to Akamai’s global server network and compares countries against each other to produce league tables.
Peak connection speeds in New Zealand are now 20.5 Mbps. This puts us at number 57 in the global table. Australia is in the 30th spot with 30.1 Mbps.
New Zealand is 43rd globally for broadband penetration.
Residential broadband prices in New Zealand sit around the middle of the latest Point Topic country scorecard.
The average subscription in New Zealand is US$76 using a purchasing power parity comparison. PPP is a measure used by economists to make meaningful price comparisons between products and services in different countries. Continue reading
Snap has laid down a challenge to rival New Zealand internet service providers offering an uncapped UFB fibre plan at 200 Mbps for $200 a month. There is also a $159 capped plan with 500GB of data.