50% of Spark broadband users ditch copper for fibre, wireless alternatives

21 Jun 2018

New Zealand telco Spark has announced that half of its broadband user base has moved from copper networks onto newer, ‘future-proofed’ technology platforms such as fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) and fixed-wireless access (FWA) LTE. As per a company press release, 34% of the telco’s 700,000-strong broadband customer base are now connected via fibre, with 16% using LTE-based solutions.

Grant McBeath, interim CEO of Spark Home, Mobile and Business, commented: ‘This marks a critical tipping point for New Zealand households, who see the need for upgraded broadband as things like video streaming move into the mainstream. We are now in a world where households on copper are fast becoming the minority. Two years ago Spark had just 16% of customers on these new technologies. We subsequently set ourselves an ambitious target of upgrading the vast majority of our customers – 85% or more – to wireless or fibre technologies by 2020. Today’s announcement shows we’re well on track to reaching that goal.’

According to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) a total of 1.301 million New Zealand households were passed by the country’s open-access Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) network as of 31 March 2018, with some 550,134 subscribers connected to fibre at that date.

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