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New Zealand’s mobile network faster than UK, US and Australia. 

New Zealand has the world’s second fastest LTE phone downloads. Only Singapore has better mobile data speeds. Australia comes in at number eight in the list while the UK and USA are miles behind.

The statistics come from a network monitoring app called OpenSignal. The maker of OpenSingal says average LTE speeds in New Zealand are 29 Mbps. That’s a long way behind Singapore on 37 Mbps, but well in front of Australia where speeds average 24 Mbps.

OpenSignal breaks down the numbers by carrier. Vodafone has an average speed of 32 Mbps. Spark weighs in a 28 Mbps and 2degrees is close behind on 27 Mbps.

New Zealand is now also pulling ahead of Australia for average fixed-line broadband speeds. We so often compare ourselves unfavourably against our nearest neighbour, now we have something tangible to be pleased about. For all the angst over regulation, our market rules seem to be working too everyone’s advantage.

5 thoughts on “New Zealand takes global silver for LTE speed

  1. I always thought the reason why LTE was so fast was that data was so expensive, so the networks didn’t get congested?

    • And people accuse me of cynicism 🙂

      Seriously though, rationing-by-price is only part of the equation. I suspect it helps that we have a relatively small population and, Auckland aside, few areas of high density.

  2. Yes it is so!
    I recently tested Sparks LTE at a rural ‘fishing lodge’ that is slated by its wealthy offshore clientele for its poor connectivity
    Imagine managements great surprise at seeing speeds of 40/30! on a basic Huawei 915 with no external antennas.
    I’ve long been a fibre advocate but I’m turning into an LTE believer, especially for all those people beyonf the UFB zones who need an alternative to poorly performing DSL.
    And how long before we see unlimited fixed LTE plans?

  3. NZ has the luxury of a small population (so cell towers don’t see much load) and telcos charge per GB for data (which heavily restricts consumption). It’s the perfect formula for fast data but not very realistic in the real world.
    I live in the UK but have unlimited 4G. It’s quite fast in small towns but is slower in big cities purely because of the number of people connected to the tower. I’d much rather have unlimited data than the fastest possible speed.

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