Telecommunications in New Zealand
Communications in New Zealand are fairly typical for an industrialised nation.
- Telephones 1
- Radio 2
- Television 3
- Internet 4
- Telecommunications Development Levy 5
- See also 6
- References 7
- Country calling code: 64
Mobile phone system:
- Number of mobile connections: 4.7 million (2010)
- Coverage available to approx 97% of the population.
- 2degrees (operating GSM, UMTS and LTE)
Spark New Zealand (operating UMTS, HSDPA and LTE)
- Virtual network operators: Skinny (owned by Spark NZ), Digital Island, CallPlus/Slingshot, Compass
Vodafone New Zealand (operating GSM, UMTS, HSDPA and LTE)
- Virtual network operators: Black+White, Orcon, M2
Fixed-line telephone system:
- Number of fixed line connections: 1.92 million (2000)
- Individual lines available to 99% of residences.
- A large numbers of ISPs (referred to as "retail service providers") retail Chorus' connections to personal and business customers. Chorus does not retail internet connections.
- Chorus Limited
- Cable and microwave links:
Radio broadcast stations: AM 124, FM 290, shortwave 4 (1998), 4 on Freeview digital satellite.
- See also: List of radio stations in New Zealand
- Radios: 3.75 million (1997)
Television broadcast stations: 41 (plus 52 medium-power repeaters and over 650 low-power repeaters) (1997)
- These transmit 4 nationwide free-to-air networks and a few regional or local single transmitter stations. Analogue to be phased out by end of 2013.
- Digital Satellite pay TV is also available and carries most terrestrial networks.
- Freeview digital free satellite with a dozen SD channels, with SD feeds of the terrestrial HD freeview channels.
- Freeview, free-to-air digital terrestrial HD and SD content.
- Cable TV is available in some urban areas with Vodafone's broadband services.
- See also: List of New Zealand television channels
- Televisions: 1.926 million (1997)
- Internet Service Providers (ISPs): 36 (2000)
- Internet users: 2.11 million (2002)
- Fixed internet connections: 1.24 million (2013)
- Country code (Top level domain): .nz
Telecommunications Development LevyThe government charges a $50 million Telecommunications Development Levy annually to fund improvements to communications infrastructure such as the Rural Broadband Initiative. It is payable by telecommunications firms with an operating revenue of over $10 million, in proportion to their qualified revenue.
|Qualified firms||Revenue||%||Levy due|
|Two Degrees Mobile||194,963,066.00||4.51%||2,255,051.65|
|Bay City Communications||7,770,400.89||0.00%||0.00|
- Vodafone NZ Website – Information about mobile network and 4G LTE
- This article incorporates public domain material from the CIA World Factbook document "2003 edition".