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15 October 2014

Kiwis' data usage up 53 percent on last year

Number of fibre connections has tripled.

The amount of internet data used in New Zealand so far this year is enough to stream 12 million movies.

Statistics New Zealand data shows Kiwis have used 53,000 terabytes, which is 53 per cent more data than was used last year.

Jason Attewell, Stats NZ’s international and business performance statistics manager, said half of all broadband connections had a data cap of 50 gigabytes. Three years ago only 4 percent had data caps that large.

The number of fibre connections has also tripled from last year’s figures.

“Fibre is synonymous with faster internet. While copper connections still dominate the broadband market, fibre has jumped to 46,000 connections," Mr Attewell said.

The figures don’t include data consumed by mobile phones. The number of phones that connect to the internet rose 16 percent to 3.7 million – one for every four out of five Kiwis.

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