NZ broadband faster, but Australian fiber adoption accelerates

Average broadband speeds in New Zealand have nearly doubled since the beginning of 2013, according to network operator Chorus.

Average broadband speeds in New Zealand are accelerating away from those measured in Australia, but Australians are adopting fibre much faster.

That's according to figures to be presented to institutional investors today by New Zealand network operator Chorus.

New Zealand speeds measured by have nearly doubled since the beginning of 2013, but faster fibre uptake in Australia could undo that.


Chorus will tell investors its fixed-line connections increased by 6,000 over the three months to September 30 to a total of 1,783,000 lines. Broadband connections increased by 15,000 to 1,178,000.

Chorus says its Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) network rollout is ahead of schedule, with fibre passing about 286,000 premises at September 30. That means 386,000 end users are within reach of Ultra-Fast Broadband.

Fibre connections grew to 53,000 across Chorus' nationwide network at September 30, up from 42,000 at June 30. About 37,000 of those connections were within Chorus' completed UFB network footprint.

75,000 rural lines have also been brought within reach of better broadband by September 30 as part of the Rural Broadband Initiative.