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ComCom praises NZ internet services

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 17/05/2017

Kiwis can access premium internet services almost 20 per cent cheaper than Aussies, prompting the Commerce Commission to praise the industry in its latest report.

Seventy four per cent of Kiwi households now had fixed line broadband services, while 5.8 million mobile devices were also connected, the commission's annual telecommunications report, release on Thursday, found.

This increasing hunger for data was now also being matched by cheaper internet prices, telecommunications commissioner Stephen Gale said.

"The cost of internet use has dropped over the last year with up to four times the data included at the same price points," he said.

He said this included customers being able to buy 100GB of fixed-line data for $10 cheaper than last year, while a 100Mbps fibre voice and broadband plan with unlimited data was available for $90 per month.

This was 19 per cent cheaper than the equivalent plan in Australia, Dr Gale said.

"Average broadband speeds have also been increasing thanks to a significant boost in fibre uptake, with fibre connections growing from 197,000 to 368,000 in just one year," he said.

Kiwi households now used an average of 69GB per month, or 46 per cent more than the average 48GB used per month last year.

Dr Gale said Kiwis were also able to easily access entry-level mobile plans, with 50 minutes of calls and 100MB of data being available for just $13 per month.

"Broadband and mobile service prices in New Zealand compare favourably internationally and it is pleasing to see our telco firms being responsive to the public's consumption habits," Dr Gale said.

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