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New Zealand batting above average

Paul Brislen, Editor. 07 December 2015, 6:50 am

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has released its annual report charting the development of internet access around the world.

Overall, New Zealand ranks 17th in the world just behind the USA. South Korea remains top of the heap.

New Zealand ranks in the top 20 worldwide for most measures, but lags behind significantly in one key area: cost of fixed-line broadband. Here we rank 74th out of 173 countries. For mobile we're somewhat better off, coming in at 23rd overall.

In New Zealand we have 85% of the population using the internet (up from 80% in 2010), fixed broadband subscriptions have jumped up from 25% to 30% and mobile from 38% to 92%, although there would seem to be some question about the figures for the earlier ranking.

Internationally, mobile has overtaken fixed line as the most used internet connection.

Rural customers remain the focus with the goal to get 90% of the world's rural customers covered by 3G cellphone coverage by 2020. Currently we're at around 69%.

There's still a very real split between the developed world and the developing - 80% of developed citizens have internet access while only 20% of lesser developed citizens. This will be a major focus for the next few years.

New Zealand also fares well in the latest Deloitte Technology Fast 500 Asia Pacific index.

Fifty-four New Zealand technology companies have been included in the index - a record for New Zealand.

The index ranks companies according to their revenue growth over the past three years and the top-ranked Kiwi company is Auckland-based transcription service Transcribe Me, ranked 18th on the regional index with 1,818 per cent growth.

 


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