Lens On NZ’s Telecom Sector And Future Ahead


  • Telecom sector poised for a holistic growth amid the coronavirus pandemic.
  • New Zealand markets witness a continuous rise in the number of mobile subscriptions.
  • NZ Mobile Companies have rolled out 5G network and are coming up with attractive offers.
  • New Zealand is all set to experience a 100% wireless future.

With the coronavirus pandemic engulfing almost the entire globe, it was the telecom sector which made inroads and kept the economic growth’s engines on. It has tremendously benefitted the health and education sectors amid these uncertain times.

Moreover, with offices being shut down and people working from homes, the telecom sector has proved a boon to the people across the nations.

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As per the latest New Zealand Telecoms Industry Report - 2020-2025, NZ’s mobile market remained poised and resilient even under the challenging times of COVID-19. The major players operating in the country are:

  • Spark New Zealand (NZX:SPK)
  • Vodafone New Zealand
  • 2degrees

There are other companies like Chorus Limited (NZX:CNU) and Vital Limited (NZX:VTL), which are operating within the sector apart from numerous other smaller mobile virtual network operators.

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NZ Market Continues To See A Surge In Mobile Subscriptions

It is revealed that there would be a continuous growth in the number of mobile subscriptions across the country for the five-year period i.e. from 2020-25. Moreover, New Zealand will also witness a continuous enhancement in its fixed broadband subscribers base over the period with increased household penetration.

According to market report, it is anticipated that the 5G mobile subscribers will constitute more than 50% of the entire subscriptions, 4G will form over 40% of all the connections and the remaining will comprise 2G and 3G subscribers.

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Mobile Operators Alluring Customers With Enticing Offers

In the past 5 years, there has been a paradigm shift with an increase in postpaid customers with enhanced data allowances. On the other hand, prepaid customers were constantly on a decline.

The market is facing stiff competition with the cheapest plans being offered by various telecom operators in order to allure customers.

Vodafone NZ has recently announced a ‘Vodafone Gold Plan’ for only NZ$40 per month, with 4G broadband home connectivity, plus 60GB data along with a phone line. This plan is the best suited to the elderly and the aged people who require simple connectivity, and those parents, who want a basic internet pack for the school-going kids to assist them in the homework.

Moreover, Spark Limited is focused on launching 5G in 6-7 locations across the country towards the end of June 2021.

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On the other hand, Sky Network Television Limited (NZX:SKT, ASX:SKT) has introduced a new offer for its customers with a supersonic speed of 900mbps as downloads and 400mbps as uploads. Further, the plan comprises the latest WiFi technology i.e. a router equipped with ‘WiFi 6’. A person just needs to pay an additional amount of NZ$10 every month if they want to install a WiFi extender.

NZ’s All Set To Experience A Technological Revolution

The telecom market remains undeterred and is backed by strong economic fundamentals. Nonetheless, with the emergence of new technologies and an increase in the aware and informed customer base, the sector boasts of robust growth and development in the coming years.

With the presence of 5G technology and a plethora of attractive packages, New Zealand is all set to embark on a fully wireless future with massive capacity clubbed with ultra-low latency. Both the households as well as the businesses in NZ will witness a new technological revolution, which has never been seen before.



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