Fixed wireless technology is connecting more kiwi communities to better broadband at accessible prices, according to a report released by the Commerce Commission.
Consequently, Vodafone welcomes the Annual Telco Monitoring report, which has provided further evidence that the industry is in “great shape as a direct result of record levels of investment”.
The report also shows that as kiwis across the country continue to consume telecommunications services at unprecedented levels, pricing of these services remains competitive by international standards.
“Vodafone is proud to be playing a significant role in the ongoing development of the telecommunications sector in New Zealand, including those in rural and remote areas of the country,” says Russell Stanners, CEO, Vodafone.
“Since 2011 Vodafone has been working with Government to deliver the Rural Broadband Initiative which has improved mobile coverage and delivered super-fast wireless broadband to thousands of kiwis living in rural areas. These wireless services are proving faster than some fixed line broadband services.
“It is rewarding to know our rural communities can access these wireless broadband speeds that are well above international comparators.
“Vodafone remains committed to delivering broadband access to all New Zealanders, including those in rural and remote areas of the country.”
The New Zealand Telecommunications Forum (TCF) also welcomes the Commerce Commission’s annual telecommunications monitoring report which shows that New Zealanders are well served by the industry.
The Commission findings support the information published earlier this year by the TCF in the industry report, Telecommunications – Enabling New Zealand’s Future.
“New Zealand boasts world class fixed and mobile networks, priced under OECD averages,” the report states.
“Consumers continue to gain benefits from a high level of investment by the industry in both fixed line and mobile technology.
“Our investment rate, compared to revenue, was second highest out of the OECD countries who we regard as our main competitors in global export markets. It is the same when considered per capita.”
According to TCF, the Commission’s report shows that this investment has enabled huge growth in usage of internet services by consumers and businesses.
“This has resulted in improvements in the quality of these services,” the TCF states.
“The report also highlights that while investment and demand for data has increased, revenues have continued to decline.
"Looking forward, the TCF industry report predicts that mobile data volume will grow seven-fold by 2019 and New Zealand’s fixed internet traffic will double.”