Telecommunication in New Zealand

The development of telecommunications in New Zealand is roughly equivalent to the average of the European Union. Under the country code +64, there were a total of 8.16 million connections in 2019. Among them were 6.40 million million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 1.3 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.

The expansion of the broadband Internet in New Zealand is roughly equal to the EU average. Around 91% of all residents have access to the Internet. Approximately 33% have their own fast Internet connection, which is at least faster than the previous ISDN (more than 2048 kbit/s).

With about 3.03 million webhosts, New Zealand is below the world's average by population.

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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 145.38 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, New Zealand ranked 22nd in an international comparison. The upload rate was only 91.43 Mbit/second (21st place). The quality of the Internet, consisting of signal fluctuations (jitter) and latency, is very far ahead at 13th place.
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, New Zealand comes 14th with a download speed of 76.37 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 17 Mbit was enough for 24th place.

The "Speedtest Global Index" published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in November 2020 from 176 countries.

The following diagrams show the development of the various telephone and Internet connections as a percentage of the country's population. Values above 100% mean that, on average, every inhabitant has more than one connection.

Access to the Internet in New Zealand from 1990 - 2019

Broadband internet in New Zealand 2000 - 2019

Landlines 1990 - 2019

Mobile phones 1990 - 2019

Spreading in 2019New Zealand
New Zealand
Broadband users1.65 m33.50 %157.90 m35.28 %
Landlines1.76 m35.79 %166.16 m37.13 %
Mobile cellulars6.40 m130.16 %547.36 m122.31 %