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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)

Wireless Nation inks farming deal

Mar 04, 2015 – 2PM Heather Wright1

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 .

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)