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Kiwi broadband: Improving but could do better

Mar 26, 2015 – 3PM Heather Wright1

Kiwi internet speeds are on the up, but are still lagging many international counterparts despite recording solid increases across the board.

Akamai s Q4 2014 State of the Internet report says New Zealand saw an increase of 59% year-on-year in terms of average connection speeds, however still ranked 43rd globally, meaning even with that improvement we only keeping pace.

Forty-third was also our global position in terms of high broadband above 10Mbps connectivity.

That s a spot lower than last quarter.

The news on the above 4Mbp broadband was better, with New Zealand coming in at 30th an increase of three places, and well ahead of our trans-Tasman neighbours, who could only manage 44th.

Our 4K readiness rates more than doubled compared with the previous year.

The report is compiled by analysing web traffic delivered by Akamai s globally distributed Akamai Intelligent Platform, which delivers over two trillion interactions daily.

Global average connection speed remained above the 4Mbps broadband threshold, increasing a nominal 0.7% to 4.5Mbps.

The global peak average connection speed increased 8.4% in the fourth quarter to 26.9Mbps.

Hong Kong had the highest average peak connection speeds at 87.7Mbps, with all of the top 10 seeing average peak speeds greater than 60Mbps.

Meanwhile, global high broadband – over 10Mbps adoption rates increased 2.9% in Q4, after a slight decline in Q3.

The 4Mbps broadband adoption rate decreased slightly for the period, losing 0.7% to 59% adoption.

References

  1. ^ Heather Wright (telcoreview.co.nz)

Kiwis paying through the roof for resiential broadband

Feb 11, 2015 – 11AM Heather Wright1

Kiwis are paying some of the highest prices for entry level residential broadband, according to a report from UK market research firm Point Topic.

New Zealand was ranked dismal 77th out of 85 countries surveyed in Q4 2014, one place behind Australia.

The Broadband Tariff Country Scorecard compares entry level and average monthly tariffs for residential broadband services and includes services offered over copper, cable and fibre networks in Q4 2014.

Poland topped the list with the lowest entry level tariff, followed by India, Vietnam and Japan.

And those countries with higher entry level pricing than ours? Thailand, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Jordan, Kenya, Qatar and Argentina.

The news was considerably better when Point Topic looked at average tariffs per country for residential services, with New Zealand managing 32nd. Australia trailed at 40th.

Japan led the way for average tariffs, with Libya in second position, followed by the Ukraine and Russia.

The scorecard was based on a pool of 2674 residential broadband services from 279 operators in 85 countries.

Point Topic also released its business broadband tariff benchmarks, saying there was minimal movement in the cost of business broadband services between quarters, globally.

The average bandwidth provided by business broadband services stood at 47Mbps, up from 46Mnps the previous quarter.

Average global cost per megabit for December 2014 was US$4.10.

Europe and the Americas had the lowest business broadband tariffs, while Asia Pacific offers the fastest broadband services to businesses but at a higher cost.

References

  1. ^ Heather Wright (telcoreview.co.nz)