The Commerce Commission has today released its Annual Telecommunications Monitoring Report which reveals the key broadband and mobile trends for the year to 30 June 2017.
Telecommunications Commissioner Dr Stephen Gale said this year’s report has been condensed to focus on key trends, allowing it to be out 5 months earlier than in the past.
“This year’s report shows the number of fibre broadband connections continues to increase rapidly, with 460,000 homes and businesses connected to fibre at the end of September – up 60% on last year. This growth in connections to higher speed broadband has also contributed to average broadband download speeds increasing by 40% on last year, and data usage almost doubling. There’s also strong growth in fixed wireless broadband services, which have quadrupled over the past year to reach 117,000 connections,” Dr Gale said.
“Landline calling is continuing to fall with the number of residential local calls nearly halving in the past two years. Text messaging is also declining, as other messaging services like Facebook Messenger, iMessage and Viber continue to grow. Meanwhile, mobile phone calling continues to grow strongly which we attribute to mobile calling being relatively inexpensive and often more convenient,” Dr Gale said.
Dr Gale said both broadband and mobile pricing remains relatively competitive when compared with prices for equivalent offerings in Australia and other OECD countries.
Reprinted from the Commerce Commission’s website, 20 December 2017