Fibre connections double in a year


The number of -optic connections in New Zealand has more than doubled since June 2015, Statistics New Zealand said today. Over 220,000 connections in New Zealand are made through fibre, compared with 105,000 one year ago. As at 30 June 2016, over 12 percent of all connections were through fibre-optic connections, a high-speed way to use the internet.

“In 2016 around 1 in 8 broadband connections is made through a fibre-optic connection,” business performance senior manager Jason Attewell said. “The market share that fibre occupies has really taken off, since it was only 1 in 20 connections one year ago. The total number of fibre connections has doubled in each of the last four years.”

Great progress. In 2012 there were just 5,400 fibre connections and now there are 223,000.

Speeds are increasing also. In 2012 only 1% of broadband connections had a download speed of over 24 Mbps. Today 31% are faster than 24 Mbps. Also connections slower than 8 Mbps have gone from 30% to 1%.

Also really pleasing is the trend with data caps. In 2012 and 2013 only 5% of connections had no data cap. Today it is 49% with no data cap. This is reflected in our monthly total data use which has gone from 25 petabytes to 143 petabytes.