Amy Adams, Minister of Communications.

Source: New Zealand Government – Surge in New Zealand’s broadband speeds

Amy Adams, Minister of Communications.
Amy Adams, Minister of Communications.

Latest international figures on broadband speeds have reported New Zealand’s average connection speeds have increased by almost 60 per cent in the past year, said Communications Minister Amy Adams.

The Akamai State of the Internet report found that New Zealand’s average peak connection speed rose to 34.3 Mbps in the December 2014 quarter, representing a 59 per cent annual improvement – the highest increase in the Asia Pacific region.

The report also found that the average broadband connection speed rose to 7.3 Mbps (from 7.0 Mbps in the previous quarter) – representing a 39 per cent year on year increase.

“These trends are extremely encouraging and point to the Government’s rollout of Ultra-Fast Broadband as helping lift the availability and adoption of high-speed connectivity across New Zealand,” says Ms Adams.

“Better connectivity is fundamentally important if more New Zealanders are going to participate in the digital economy.

“Connectivity is vital to homes, schools and businesses around New Zealand and it’s critical that we not only increase the spread of connectivity but the speeds in which people can access and share information online,” says Ms Adams.

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