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Telco report shows strong growth in data consumption

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New Zealand's Commerce Commission has released its latest annual telecommunications monitoring report analysing the state of the country's telecommunications markets.

Telecommunications Commissioner Dr Stephen Gale said the past 17 months had been particularly eventful for the industry, with mergers, acquisitions, spectrum sales and the arrival of a slew of content streaming services.

"Competition among fixed-line retailers remains strong and the sector is responding positively to consumer
demand for better broadband quality and value. Average broadband speeds are increasing and the average data consumed per connection per month has grown strongly from 26GB in the previous year to 32GB," Dr Gale said.

On the mobile side, growth in data consumption has been even greater rising from around 130MB per mobile connection per month to 229MB.

"As noted in last year's report, data revenues continue to rise while voice-related revenues are in decline, reflecting the importance of fixed and mobile internet access for New Zealand households."

When comparing New Zealand's retail prices to those in other OECD
and similar countries for various levels of monthly consumption, notable results were:

  • New Zealand's price of $69 for a 30Mbps 30GB fibre broadband plan with voice was 22% below the average of 28 countries with comparable plans
  • New Zealand's price of $69 for a 30GB entry level copper broadband and phone bundle was right on the average of 32 countries with comparable plans.
  • New Zealand's price of $29 for a mobile plan providing at least 100 calls (188 minutes), 140 texts and 500MB of data was 35% below the average for the 34 OECD countries.
  • New Zealand's price for 6GB of stand-alone mobile data at $90 (typically for use with a data-stick) was amongst the most expensive in the OECD.

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