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.

On this basis consumer broadband is more affordable in New Zealand than in the United States or Canada. It’s roughly comparable with Australia but considerably more expensive than the United Kingdom or most of Western Europe.

Russia has the world’s cheapest residential broadband while third world countries tend to have much more expensive broadband.

9 thoughts on “New Zealand broadband prices in global mid-range

  1. That’s just an average price, it doesn’t look like it takes into account quality (I think we’re relatively good), speed (again, not too bad), and data caps (we suck).

    • Yes, it’s a broad brush view. Even so, I think it puts things in perspective. Sure we could do better, but there’s nothing to get panicky or depressed about.

      • I think we should be panicking about data caps. They affect an average person’s Internet usage so much, they just don’t realise because they’ve never had unlimited. If you see how much people were complaining in the US when they started implementing data caps of FIVE HUNDRED GIGABYTES… it’s easy to see we’re nowhere near using it to it’s full potential and I think it really brings NZ’s innovation down. Sure, you might get the right resources through a business line, but if you’ve never used the Internet freely how do you have any idea what to do with it?

          • Certainly not in NZ, but when you don’t have to think about it and can stream all your tv in at least 720, plus download your video games, plus fully backup your entire documents/photos/videos library online? Plus music streaming, HD video chat…

        • Quite a few ISPs now in NZ with no data cap – and performance seems to be good. Slingshot, Orcon, Bigpipe, Flip, Maxnet to name a few, and there are lots more.

          It’s really a non-issue. If people want no cap, they have lots of options.

    • Sure, it looks like the survey just picked out the largest ISP in each country. Mind you, that simplification makes sense if applied everywhere, last time I looked Telecom had about half of all residential customers.

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