You can also use cable, satellite, wireless broadband and public WiFi to access the internet.
This type of broadband uses a cable installed into your home rather than telephone lines. It provides faster speeds than ADSL and VDSL.
Cable supports high bandwidth requirements. Service providers offer different packages at different speeds, depending on your requirements.
Cable is only available within the areas of Wellington, Christchurch and Kapiti. Use the National Broadband Map to check whether you can get cable at your address.
Broadband is delivered via a satellite to a dish on or near the consumer's home. It is useful in remote locations though reception can depend on weather conditions and natural obstructions such as hills. It is best for light to medium use.
Wireless broadband, also known as Fixed Wireless, enables home and business users to obtain high-speed data access through the airwaves, without relying on any physical connection.
Typically, wireless broadband devices connect over cellular networks, but other technologies such as radio waves can be used, dependent on network provider and local coverage area.
Wireless broadband is recommended as an upgrade from a standard ADSL broadband connection, in areas which have sufficient cellular coverage and capacity, or coverage from a local wireless network over radio frequencies.
Public WiFi better known as hotspots are offered by a range of providers including cafes and councils. Hotspots are usually located in busy areas such as airports, train stations and other public places. Each hotspot only covers a small area. Public WiFi can be accessed through smart phones, tablets and laptops. It is best for light to medium use.