Wireless — a drop in the data ocean

From Statistics New Zealand’s Internet Service Provider Survey 2016:

  • 143,109 terabytes of data were used in the month of June by broadband connections.
  • 3,165 terabytes of data were used in the month of June by mobile phone internet connections.

That makes wireless data about two percent of the month’s total data downloads. In other words a mere drop in the ocean.

Even if Spark and Vodafone maxed-out their fixed wireless networks that number would not rise much about six percent of the market, but by then even more people will be downloading 4K movies on their gigabit fibre connection.

Other highlights from the survey:

  • In 2016 the number of fibre connections increased to 223,000, which is 12 percent of all broadband connections.

fibre-connections

 

  • Almost half of all broadband internet connections had no data cap.

Broadband internet connections by data cap - data from Statistics NZ

  • There was a five percent drop in the number of internet connections. Statistics NZ says: “This is thought to relate to customers accessing the internet through mobile phones and having the option to tether other devices to their phone, and the potential for reaching saturation of the household broadband market in New Zealand”.

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