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Fast broadband: How New Zealand shapes up

World’s fastest broadband - How does NZ shape up
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New Zealand is behind the international pack when it comes to broadband speeds. The table shows the challenge ahead of the network builders: Chorus. Ultrafast Fibre, Northpower and Enable Networks.

We have a long way to go before we match the world leaders.

At the time of the last Akamai report, third quarter 2014, New Zealand ranked 44 for average broadband speeds.

The good news is that New Zealand catching up fast.

The New Zealand Government, through Crown Fibre Holdings, is backing a fast fibre network that will eventually reach about 80 percent of the population.

We’re already on track to connect 75 percent of the population to the fibre network by 2019.

It’s going to be hard for a small country with a geographically distributed population to do as well as city-states like Hong Kong and Singapore. But as more people sign up for fibre, the average connection speed will increase.



2 thoughts on “Fast broadband: How New Zealand shapes up

  1. Signed up for fibre last October, got connected last month – speed went from 11Mbps DL 0.9Mbps UL to 95Mbps DL 19.5Mbps UL – doing my bit to get those averages up;-)

    1. My guess is New Zealand will creep up the table as more people switch to fibre. Long term there’s a limit to how high we can get when a large slice of our population lives in the wop wops, especially when comparing New Zealand to places that are effectively city states like Hong Kong and Singapore. While it’s nice to do better than other countries, the really important thing is that we don’t fall behind the pace.

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