World Telecommunications Day Highlights Industry Importance

May 17, 2017

World Telecommunications Day is an international event started by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a member of the United Nations Development Group; highlighting the importance of communications, and the role the telco industry plays in the global economy.

The latest New Zealand Telecommunications Forum (TCF) Industry Report shows that New Zealand is leading the OECD in several areas; with the fastest fibre uptake in the developed world, the second-highest level of investment in the OECD and mobile calling plans 7% cheaper than the OECD average.

TCF CEO Geoff Thorn says “the fact that the United Nations has a development group set up to promote international cooperation, and to oversee broadband, fixed-line and mobile, shows that the international community views these as vital services to the global economy.

New Zealand, despite our small size, is leading the way in so many of these areas. In fact our fibre installation roll out is being upheld internationally as an example of industry best practise. We don’t often like to blow our own trumpet, but we truly have an industry to be proud of.”

The full Telecommunications Enabling New Zealand’s Future report is available here.


For more information, please contact: Geoff Thorn, TCF CEO

Ph: +64 21 937 920 | Email: | Twitter: @TCFNZ

For media enquiries contact
Paul Brislen.

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