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# 69995 16-Oct-2010 09:40
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Just released by Statistics New Zealand:


Internet Service Provider Survey: June 2010 - Media Release

New Zealanders are accessing faster Internet speeds and larger volumes of data, and they are increasingly using alternative technologies such as cellular, cable, and satellite to connect to the Internet, Statistics New Zealand said today.

The number of subscribers using cellular, cable, and satellite technology increased by more than one-third between June 2009 and June 2010, results from the Internet Service Provider Survey showed, while the total number of broadband subscribers increased by 15 percent.

The number of broadband subscribers with a data cap of 5 gigabytes (GB) or more has continually increased since 2007. Data cap, or data allowance, is the volume of data allowed before restrictions apply.

A greater number of subscribers now also have access to faster upload speeds. Over three-quarters of broadband subscribers have upload speeds of 256 kilobits per second (kbps) or more, compared with one-quarter in 2007.

Results released in April 2010 for the Household Use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Survey show New Zealanders are using the Internet for a wider range of purposes. These increasingly require better technology and greater data volumes, and include social networking and telephone services delivered over the Internet. “Faster speeds and larger data volumes are enabling a shift in both social and business behaviours, improving our connectedness to the world, and also allowing for smarter business use of the Internet,” ICT Statistics manager Gary Dunnet said.


The Excel file is available here. Some 2010 numbers (previous years in the file):

Subscribers
DSL: 967,100
Cellular, cable, satellite: 299,400
Fixed wireless: 34,500
Fibre: 2,600

Data cap
Less than 5GB: 521,200
5GB to 20GB: 504,200
20GB to 50GB: 176,200
50GB or more: 18,700
No cap: 89,000

Download speed (%)
Less than 1.5 Mbps: 10
1.5 Mbps to 24 Mbps: 86
24 Mbps or more: 4

Upload speed (%)
Less than 256 Kbps: 22
256 Kbps to 1.5 Mbps: 67
1.5 Mbps or more: 12

Subscriber type
Residential: 1,355,600
Business/government: 329,300






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  # 392656 16-Oct-2010 18:03
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read it earlier, that 89,000 no cap user probably most are "big time" users..

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  # 392701 16-Oct-2010 19:34
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It would most likely come into Slingshot All You Can Eat customers now




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  # 392724 16-Oct-2010 20:54
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It also depends on your definition of "cap". The summary above says "Data cap, or data allowance, is the volume of data allowed before restrictions apply". I'm with TelstraClear (DSL) and I get 25 GB for $30 (on top of the $80 base). I can add additional 25 GB blocks at $30 each, without any exorbitant overuse charges. As there are no overage penalties (ie. the additional data is charged at the same rate as the original data), I don't feel restricted in my data usage and therefore don't claim to have a data cap.

Other users may want a fixed bill every month. In that case, someone on the same plan as I am may claim to have a 25 GB cap since they feel restricted by it in order to maintain a consistent monthly fee. That same plan could be interpreted as capped or uncapped depending on your viewpoint.

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  # 393047 18-Oct-2010 09:26
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The Statistics NZ survey is completed by ISP's so no data cap means exactly that. But depending on the ISP they may include business customers who purchase based on access speed (by the mbit) rather than data volume.

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  # 393050 18-Oct-2010 09:40
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Behodar: It also depends on your definition of "cap". The summary above says "Data cap, or data allowance, is the volume of data allowed before restrictions apply". I'm with TelstraClear (DSL) and I get 25 GB for $30 (on top of the $80 base). I can add additional 25 GB blocks at $30 each, without any exorbitant overuse charges. As there are no overage penalties (ie. the additional data is charged at the same rate as the original data), I don't feel restricted in my data usage and therefore don't claim to have a data cap.

Other users may want a fixed bill every month. In that case, someone on the same plan as I am may claim to have a 25 GB cap since they feel restricted by it in order to maintain a consistent monthly fee. That same plan could be interpreted as capped or uncapped depending on your viewpoint.



You are on a cap. 

You cannot exceed your cap without paying more cash.  If you do pay to increase your cap, you simply have a new cap. 

You have a restriction, in that if you exceed your cap, you pay more. 



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  # 393057 18-Oct-2010 10:01
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Yes but I choose to have a 75GB cap which means I buy three blocks. Which means I should fit in the 50GB or more bucket, but will be reported in the 20-50GB bucket.

See the stats are misleading.

Saying my cap is 25GB is wrong as I intend on using far more than this.




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  # 393059 18-Oct-2010 10:05
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The numbers for data caps are supposed to be based on subscriptions.  If they didn't do this it would skew that baseline,  I've had to work out the numbers to fill one of these in, so have read the guidelines.

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