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Fibre comes up trumps as NZ broadband delivers video streaming services

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Most New Zealanders are able to reliably stream high-definition video, such as Netflix and YouTube, most of the time, according to the competition regulator, The Commerce Commission, which says fibre performs the best in delivering video streaming services to consumers.

The Commerce Commission made the comments with the release of the second report from its enhanced broadband monitoring program.

The Measuring Broadband New Zealand Autumn Report, from independent testing partner SamKnows, includes speed and performance comparisons across copper (ADSL and VDSL), fibre (Fibre 100 and Fibre Max) and fixed wireless technologies.

And, Telecommunications Commissioner Dr Stephen Gale said: “Fibre plans perform the best, being able to deliver 4k video streaming from Netflix over 99% of the time.

“We are pleased that all technologies are delivering a good video streaming experience – even ADSL, the slowest technology, is capable of delivering HD video around 75% of the time. However, for households with multiple people streaming, downloading files, or gaming at the same time, fibre plans will give the best results.”

Dr Gale said future Measuring Broadband New Zealand reports would also break down these video streaming results to compare how providers are performing against each other.

And, The Commission says it is continuing to look for more volunteers on specific plans to enable it to publish more detailed information on a range of topics, including broadband performance in different regions in New Zealand and comparisons between providers.

“The aim of our Measuring Broadband New Zealand program is that Kiwis use the information in our reports to choose the right technology and provider for what they want to do online,” Dr Gale concluded.

A list of plans the Commission is seeking volunteers for are detailed in the report, and the next report is due out around September this year.

 

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