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#157311 27-Nov-2014 11:31
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A study by the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (NZIER) has concluded New Zealand’s mobile communications market performs well when compared with many other countries in terms of both network coverage levels and pricing.

Spark New Zealand commissioned the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (NZIER) to get a clearer view of how New Zealand’s mobile industry stacks up internationally in the face of economic realities and rapid technological change.

 

The key findings include:

 

  • 97 percent of populated areas in New Zealand have access to 3G services – comparable to the coverage achieved in most Western European countries (and a similar proportion will have 4G access when the 4G rollout is completed)
  • New Zealand’s low population density and difficult terrain means network coverage costs are significantly higher on a per-capita basis that many other countries
  • If New Zealand applied a similar population density cut-off point for -economic coverage as the UK does, only 60 percent of New Zealanders would have mobile coverage – this means more than one-third of New Zealanders benefit from mobile coverage that would be deemed uneconomic to provide in the UK
  • Despite higher coverage costs, New Zealand mobile prices are generally below international OECD averages
  • Looking ahead, the industry faces difficult investment and pricing decisions to service future demand


Commenting on the report, Spark New Zealand Managing Director Simon Moutter said: “This report dispels the commonly held myth that New Zealand has high mobile prices and poor network coverage.

“Despite the challenges of a small population spread widely over mountainous islands, we’re actually very well served by mobile technology. Prices stack up well against many comparable countries and we have coverage in less populated areas that simply wouldn’t exist in many other places.

“Spark is investing hundreds of millions of dollars per year to provide our customers with even better services, strengthening and expanding our mobile network, including rolling out world-class 4G services using the latest 700 MHz spectrum we recently acquired through a government auction,” Mr Moutter said.

“At the same time, consumers have been enjoying steep declines in the prices for mobile services. For instance, what you get on an entry-level Ultra Mobile $49 plan today would have cost $710 per month in 2009, while the $19 prepay value pack today would have cost $237 per month in 2009.”

The report notes the mobile industry has some difficult choices ahead. Constrained revenues, along with sharply increasing demand for mobile data, expanding coverage requirements and the huge capital investment needed to keep up with technological change are all creating a squeeze that will result in difficult trade-offs in the future.

The report describes these trade-offs across three broad areas:

 

  • extent of access or coverage requiring breadth of investment;
  • capacity and speed of network requiring intensive investment in areas of high demand, and;
  • prices which encourage efficient access and use and yield return on investment.

New Zealand is experiencing huge increases in the amount of data that customers are sending across the mobile network. In the past four years mobile data use grew by more than 600 percent and use is projected to grow by 50 percent per year over the medium term, which will have to be met by more capital investment. At the same time, New Zealand has below OECD average revenue per connection to service that investment.

The report also points out the greater economic challenges of mobile networks compared with fixed networks, which is why the mix and cost of services is between them will always be different. Once a fixed network (copper or fibre) is in place, the cost of new technologies that improve capacity and speeds is usually a very small increment to the original capital cost of the network.

“We’ve been concerned for some time that the apparent mismatch between expectations of the mobile networks and the unsustainable economic realities that underpin them. This report sheds light on that big challenge for New Zealand network operators,” Mr Moutter commented.

“We need a quality debate on the future direction of our mobile networks because the importance of mobile data connectivity to our country’s future economic success means it’s vital we get this right.”




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  #1184725 28-Nov-2014 10:09
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Shouldn't that title be 'Spark gets a report made up for them and then picks the good bits out of it to make a glowing press release to make their mobile network sound far better than it actually is'

 
 
 

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  #1184730 28-Nov-2014 10:15
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chevrolux: Shouldn't that title be 'Spark gets a report made up for them and then picks the good bits out of it to make a glowing press release to make their mobile network sound far better than it actually is'


Vodafone did the same with some of their 'we're the best' reports.

On a more serious note, Most Kiwis don't realise how lucky we are in terms of how good our Mobile / Broadband networks are in NZ compared to other countries. Try getting someone from USA to believe that you can get 100Mbps on a live 4G network.




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  #1184735 28-Nov-2014 10:18
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Regardless of where this report comes from, as above and from my own experience travelling abroad, our mobile networks are a lot better than you can get in the USA or Australia. 




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  #1185260 29-Nov-2014 09:29
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No I must admit that our networks are excellent. Probably just a bit of a Vodafone fan boy so sticking up for my supplier haha.

I was very unimpressed with 4G in the states. You only got it in the cities and even when you did it was about the same as DC-HSPA. That was T-mobile though which now when I actually look it up has the smallest 4G foot print.

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  #1185370 29-Nov-2014 13:04
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American companies call HSDPA "4G" as a marketing gimmick. LTE is even more "advanced" for them.






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  #1185450 29-Nov-2014 15:07
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"97 percent of populated areas in New Zealand have access to 3G services – comparable to the coverage achieved in most Western European countries (and a similar proportion will have 4G access when the 4G rollout is completed)"

And yet my phone still drops every call as I drive up or down Onslow Road in Khandallah.  Every day.

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gehenna: "97 percent of populated areas in New Zealand have access to 3G services – comparable to the coverage achieved in most Western European countries (and a similar proportion will have 4G access when the 4G rollout is completed)"

And yet my phone still drops every call as I drive up or down Onslow Road in Khandallah.  Every day.
No service at the biggest school in the wealthiest area of town on spark.



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  #1185483 29-Nov-2014 15:47
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benokobi:
gehenna: "97 percent of populated areas in New Zealand have access to 3G services – comparable to the coverage achieved in most Western European countries (and a similar proportion will have 4G access when the 4G rollout is completed)"

And yet my phone still drops every call as I drive up or down Onslow Road in Khandallah.  Every day.
No service at the biggest school in the wealthiest area of town on spark.


Blame it on NIMBY people who didn't want cell sites in Khandallah.





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  #1185589 29-Nov-2014 22:00
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freitasm:
benokobi:
gehenna: "97 percent of populated areas in New Zealand have access to 3G services – comparable to the coverage achieved in most Western European countries (and a similar proportion will have 4G access when the 4G rollout is completed)"

And yet my phone still drops every call as I drive up or down Onslow Road in Khandallah.  Every day.
No service at the biggest school in the wealthiest area of town on spark.


Blame it on NIMBY people who didn't want cell sites in Khandallah.



The spot that annoys me the most is as you drive around off the motorway and up ngauranga gorge. Seems to be a dead spot just long enough drop a call. #firstworldproblems

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