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Telecommunication in New Zealand

The development of telecommunications in New Zealand is roughly equivalent to the United States. Under the country code +64, there were a total of 6.50 million connections in 2021. Among them were 5.85 million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 1.1 per person. In the US, this figure is 1.1 mobile phones per person.

With about 3.03 million webhosts, New Zealand is below the world's average by population. At the end of 2020, 104,397 of these, or about 3 percent, were secured with SSL or comparable encryption.

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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 134.19 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, New Zealand ranks 16th in an international comparison. The upload rate was only 90.01 Mbit/second (20th place).
In mobile internet, i.e., on tablets and smartphones, New Zealand comes 27th with a download speed of 63.15 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 11 Mbit was only enough for 56th place.

The Speedtest Global Index published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in October 2022 from 180 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 percent mean that, on average, every inhabitant has more than one connection.

Access to the internet in New Zealand from 1990 - 2020

Broadband internet in New Zealand 2000 - 2021

Symbol image: cell towerThe expansion of broadband internet in New Zealand is roughly on a par with the USA. Around 92 percent of all residents have access to the internet. Around 35 percent have their own fast internet connection, which is at least faster than the former ISDN (more than 256 kbit/s). All fixed connections via DSL, cable or satellite were counted here, but not those connected to the internet via mobile communications.

Landlines 1990 - 2021

Mobile phones 1990 - 2021

The increasing prevalence of cell phones and the simultaneous decline in landline phones clearly indicate a change in New Zealand. While the number of landlines has fallen significantly in recent years, the spread of cell phones has risen to 114 cell phone subscriptions per 100 people at last count. Such a clear shift does not occur in all countries, but the trend points in the same direction internationally.

Distribution in 2021New Zealand
New Zealand
Broadband users1.80 m35.16 %127.03 m38.27 %
Landlines651,000.0012.71 %97.11 m29.26 %
Mobile cellulars5.85 m114.12 %361.62 m108.96 %

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