Xtra edges towards 300,000 dial-up customers

Xtra is claiming nearly half of all New Zealand's business and consumer Internet accounts.

Xtra is claiming nearly half of all New Zealand's business and consumer Internet accounts.

In as statement yesterday, Xtra said that as of June 30, its dial-up customer base was 287,000, with more than 9000 new customers signing up in the month of June. Xtra expects the total number of customers to exceed 300,000 in August.

Xtra says its market share is also growing and that it provides service to 49% of all New Zealand consumers connected to the Internet, and 47.5% of business users.

Xtra customers are also spending more time online with weekly usage now consistently over 1.1 million hours. Xtra general manager, Graham Mitchell says customer sessions are now averaging 480,000 per day and 550,000 per day. At the same time last year the average was 283,000 customer sessions per day.

In a separate announcement yesterday, Telecom said that its number of mobile telephone connections, also as of June 30, is nearing one million. The figure of 980,000 is up 59,900 on the previous quarter and compares with 677,070 on June 30 last year.

The figure excludes prepaid phones that have been disconnected through not being recharged in the last six months.

Telecom also touted its entry into text messaging services, saying that the average customer on its digital network is sending 13 text messages a day, with a total of 167,000 text messages sent on July 6. Telecom's digital mobile customer base increased from 53,056 as of June 30, 1999, to 240,759 as of June 30 this year

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