Broadband In New Zealand Essay

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Broadband In New Zealand






"Research shows that we have high internet fees for the developed world."
- Mr. Harbies (research scientist)

The broadband growth index ranks 35 countries from around the world and puts New Zealand's
broadband growth rate at 40%. New Zealand is ranked third lowest just ahead of the Czech
Republic and Latvia. At the end of 2002, only 1.74 New Zealanders per 100 are users of
broadband services. New Zealand has one of the lowest growth rates and one of the lowest
levels of broadband penetration in the world.


I had put up a poll on forums.pcworld.co.nz and the results were: 4.88% people said that
broadband in New Zealand is cheap and 95.12% said it was expensive. Obviously, the
majority of people who did the poll said that broadband in New Zealand is expensive.
Personally, I think the prices for the speed are ok but the data caps are pathetic - IT IS
RUINING THE MARKET. For people who do not know what a data cap is, it is the limit of how
much data you are allowed to use each month.


The reasons why people use broadband is because it is faster than dial-up and is cheaper
than getting two phone lines. Heavy broadband users are usually gamers or heavy
downloader's. Almost all heavy broadband users download games, music and/or videos. I'm
not a heavy downloader or serious gamer therefore I am not in desperate need of broadband.
I will still prefer broadband because some overseas pages take s o l o n g t o l o a d.


I found out the reason why most people are still on dial-up internet are because most
people think broadband is too expensive or they do not require broadband. Some people say
they do not have broadband because Telecom will not upgrade their phone lines. I am still
using dial-up internet because I thing the broadband rates are too high.


Most users say that broadband in other countries are better than New Zealand's. Someone
posted a message on the forums that 'ADSL (broadband) in New Zealand is very expensive…
The speed of the 3GB plan is just not right. I could have it as 6mp/s and maybe get a PS2
as well too with that package in Hong Kong.'

A research scientist also said 'Jetstream is expensive and this is not an opinion, it is a
fact. Research shows that we have high internet fees for the developed world.'
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