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Staying online in New Zealand

17 Aug 2012

If you're planning a New Zealand holiday and want to stay in touch with the online world, you'll have no problem finding access to wireless broadband. 

You'll find many free and paid WiFi spots throughout the country, whether you want to get online where you're staying or when you're having a coffee. 

New Zealand is ranked 9th of all 34 OECD member countries for the proportion of wireless broadband subscribers per capita. The country has 67.5 subscribers for every 100 inhabitants. 

At the end of 2011, New Zealand had 2,946,260 subscribers to wireless broadband - most them connecting to mobile broadband. 

Wireless broadband technologies include mobile, satellite, and terrestrial fixed wireless. An estimated 86% of New Zealand homes now have broadband. 

"Smartphone and tablet use is skyrocketing, and people are increasingly connecting to the internet wherever they go," ISP Orcon's communications manager Quentin Reade said. 

While wireless broadband usage is surging, New Zealand's cable internet services have been criticised for their lack of speed, compared to international standards, with the highest-profile critic being tech-savvy actor and broadcaster Stephen Fry. 

A report on web-browsing speeds by TrueNet showed Telecom offered the fastest speeds over copper internet lines, though rivals Vodafone led this market between December 2011 and May 2012. 

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How New Zealand ranks internationally in other areas

Accommodation in New Zealand