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.
Broadband ISP Wireless Nation has inked a deal with PGG Wrightson which will enable the agricultural company s 90,000 account holders to receive special offers on rural broadband and VoIP and to pay for broadband via their PGG monthly trade accounts.
The deal sees Wireless Nation s rural internet solutions promoted through PGG Wrightson s retail stores and on-farm technical representatives, with Wireless Nation expecting an influx of customers through the deal.
Tom Linn, Wireless Nation founder and technical director, says a fast and reliable internet connection is becoming critical for many farmers.
That s a view shared by Shannon Galloway, PGG Wrightson general manager of marketing, who says the company is seeing incredible demand from farmers requiring fast, reliable internet to run their business.
So it s fabulous to be able to offer this service to our customers.
Wireless Nation offers RBI (rural broadband initiative) fixed wireless along with a satellite broadband network and VoIP phone services via the internet.
The ISP recently doubled its satellite network speeds, which now feature download speeds of up to 10Mbps.
This is much quicker than competing satellite networks and is also comparable to standard city broadband, Wireless Nation says.
Terence Galuszka, a Wainuioru PGG Wrightson member who currently uses Wireless Nation s satellite broadband, says the satellite connection is very good, latency is low which has enabled our business to use certain desktop applications we haven t been able to before .
Galuszka says the PGG Wrightson deal has helped with an extra data and the carry over data being a life saver .