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Greater data caps see Kiwis’ online options broaden

Nov 19th, 2012 | By | Category: Editor's Picks, Latest News, Multimedia, News

THOUSANDS more Kiwis have increased their broadband data caps this year as industry providers offer better packages.

Stats NZ says in 2011 the two main internet service providers were offering packages to consumers that cost between $70 and $80 a month for 3GB to 5GB entry packages.

It says according to large industry providers, for ten dollars more, consumers get 50GB packages or free broadband up to a cap of 5GB per month with a phone line.

“Using the Internet to shop, look for places to visit, or even watch their favourite TV shows is becoming a part of everyday life for Kiwis,” says Mr Hill.

Industry commentator Geekzone says the launch of streaming movie service QuickFlix in March this year also provided more online content for New Zealanders.

Fibre optic cabling, an ultra-fast method of connecting to the internet, while still used by less than 1% of subscribers, saw the largest percentage increase compared to other ways of connecting.

It increased by 46% from 2011, while fixed wireless connections decreased by 3%, according to Statistics New Zealand.

Technology industry worker Kevin Sears says  his personal internet use has increased somewhat over the years, but he hasn’t extended his internet data cap to over 20GB.

Given that many countries overseas have no data cap, Mr Sears says that New Zealand’s geographical isolation can be frustrating.

“I hate that our service is capped. It’s basically the service providers adding in their profit.”

He says deals for broadband have improved recently, but doesn’t feel his own household uses enough data to justify upgrading his service.

“I use the internet mostly for emailing and social media, and the occasional bit of downloading files.”
He says he finds the current broadband speed to be generally adequate, but suggests there is still room for improvement.

“I don’t think that in terms of broadband speed we’re worlds behind, but it’s not spectacular either.”

Statistics NZ figures show the total number of broadband subscribers in New Zealand rose by 11% since last year, to over 1.5 million households.

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  1. Clearly the man who says that NZ internet is fine is either being payed by telecom or does not use the internet at all and still lives in 1973. However for most normal young people in this country who use the internet on a regular basis, it is shockingly out of date and almost amish compared to Europe and N. America. NZ needs unlimited broadband badly and those who say it is unneccessary have never experienced the beauty of fast, reliable internet in places like the UK or the states. Its time for nz to lose this reputation in the UK and other places of being a timewarp back to the 1990s where old people go to die and become a modern, competitive, 21st century country

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