2.5 million Kiwis using mobile Internet

CLAIRE ROGERS
Last updated 13:34 12/10/2012
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ON THE MOVE: More than 2.5 million Kiwis are using mobile broadband on their phones.

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More than half of Kiwis are now going online on their mobile phones, Statistics New Zealand says.

The number of mobile broadband users increased by more than a third in the past year to more than 2.5 million, said information and communication technology statistics manager Hamish Hill.

"Smartphone use is rising quickly and people are increasingly connecting to the internet using these devices wherever they go."

Kiwis are also chewing through more bandwith at home, with the average home internet user downloading the equivalent of about 142 episodes of Shortland Street a month - almost double monthly usage a year ago.

"Using the internet to shop, look for places to visit or even watch favourite TV shows is becoming a part of everyday life for Kiwis."

The total number of home broadband customers is now more than 1.6 million - up 11 per cent over the year. Internet service providers have boosted their data caps, giving Kiwis more choice and flexibility.

The number of subscribers with data caps of 50 gigabytes or more shot up by almost 800 per cent in the past year, while those surfing without any data caps rose 275 per cent.

The majority of home internet users are on plans with a data cap of 20 GB or more. The number of subscribers with data caps lower than 20GB fell 40 per cent to 600,000 subscribers in the year.

Ninety-three per cent of fixed internet subscribers are on broadband. Fibre optics connections grew the fastest - up 46 per cent to 5400 subscribers.

The number of subscribers getting cellular, cable or satellite broadband connections rose 18 per cent to 400,000.

Most home internet users are on digital subscriber line (DSL) connections, with numbers up 9 per cent to more than 1.1 million customers.

More Kiwis are also enjoying faster internet downloads, with 96 per cent of subscribers now downloading at speeds between 1.5 to 24 megabits per second, up from 86 per cent last year.

The number of subscribers in the slowest download category - less than 1.5Mbps - fell to two per cent from 12 per cent.

Uploading speeds were rising, but most subscribers were still in the slow speed category of less than 1.5Mbps.

Twenty-seven per cent of broadband subscribers were enjoying upload speeds faster than that, up from 18 per cent last year.

Statistics said half of ISPs monitored customers' traffic for signs of compromised security, such as botnets and trojans. Just one per cent of customers showed signs of compromised security, down from 3 per cent last year.

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- The Dominion Post

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