A statement from broadband builder and provider Chorus said that 100,000 consumers had connected to the gigabit service in the last six months and pointed out that the first 100,000 had taken five years to sign up.
By sharp comparison, in Australia, a recent Australian Competition and Consumer Commission report says that more than half of the 4.5 million who are connected to the national broadband network are on speeds of 50Mbps or better.
Most Australian ISPs do not offer anything more than 100Mbps over the NBN as the majority of premises do not have fibre to the premises. Only one ISP, Launtel, in Tasmania offers gigabit service in that state while another small provider, MyRepublic, has about 100 gigabit subscribers in NSW.
Chorus said it would cut the price for its residential gigabit service from NZ$65 (A$61) to NZ$60 (A$56) by mid-2019 and reduce it further to NZ$56 by mid-2020.
“The demand for fibre broadband has been rapidly increasing and even more so now as more content moves online and New Zealanders prepare to live stream the Rugby World Cup and other sporting events in 2019,” Chorus chief executive Kate McKenzie said.
“And there’s no sign of demand for fibre slowing down. As Chorus crosses the country laying fibre, more Kiwis can, and are, taking advantage of faster, more reliable broadband connections.
“New Zealanders are downloading, streaming high-definition TV and gaming at a huge rate and the likely impact of online TV will continue to be felt in peak network traffic growth. As more content becomes available online, new devices are released to watch it on with higher video resolutions such as 4K (and soon 8K).
“What these numbers are overwhelmingly telling us is that as a nation our average data use is growing fast, and it will continue to grow faster in the coming years so being on the best available fibre connection is vital.”
Graphic: courtesy Chorus