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New Zealand internet is going unlimited

8 October 2018

Broadband connections with unlimited data caps made up over 70 percent of all broadband connections in New Zealand in 2018, Stats NZ said today.

There were more than 1.3 million unlimited broadband connections at June 2018, a 16 percent increase from one year ago.

“The increase in unlimited data plans shows New Zealanders’ increasing data needs,” business performance manager Laura O'Leary said. “Unlimited plans have become cheaper and more available nationwide and more people are switching to having unlimited data in their homes and businesses.”

In 2014, only 127,000 residential broadband connections had no data cap. In the last five years, these connections have risen over 700 percent to more than 1 million at June 2018. In the last year alone, unlimited broadband residential connections rose by 182,000.

The proportion of broadband connections with data caps of less than 100 gigabytes decreased considerably over last year. The overall number of broadband connections with a data cap decreased by 21 percent from June 2017.

The total broadband data used in June 2018 measured over 280 million gigabytes.

"On average this was over 150 gigabytes of data used per broadband connection per month," Mrs O'Leary said. "This is equivalent to streaming 60 hours of high-definition TV online, or watching all seven seasons of Game of Thrones back to back."

The Internet Service Provider Survey is an annual survey sent to all internet service providers in New Zealand.

The Government Statistician authorises all statistics and data we publish.

For more information about these statistics:
• Visit Internet service provider survey: 2018
• See Fibre optic connections increase 54 percent


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