The Commerce Commission has published its sixth annual telecommunications market monitoring report.
Some interesting facts:
- Investment $1.26b
- Revenues $5.22b. Voice revenues falling, data revenues growing.
- 78% of households with a fixed line, have a broadband connection. We have the fastest growth rate in the OECD.
- The number of voice call minutes dropped from 6.1 billion to 5.7 billion
- Telecom’s fixed line market share dropped from 65% to 61%
- We have 111 mobile phones per 100 people
- 13.9 billion text messages sent, which is around 3,000 per person, the highest by far in OECD. Love to see a breakdown by age!
- Increase in Naked DSL connections from 30,000 two years ago to over 100,000 in the last year.
- Average data use per DSL line increased from 10 GB to 19 GB
- Average download speed of 3.9 Mbps – pretty crap
- Overall the telco market becoming significantly more competitive, while UK and Australia are static
- Text or SMS revenues of $376m greater than Mobile broadband revenue of $354m, but next year broadband revenue should be larger
- Mobile data doubled to around 4 petabytes or 4 million MBs.
- 66% of NZers own a laptop, 48% a smartphone and 29% a tablet
Telecommunications is such a dynamic industry as people move from voice to data, and from fixed to mobile.