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Indicator 18: access to telecommunications

Discussion

This indicator measures household accessibility to a cellphone (that is in the dwelling all or most of the time), a telephone, and a fax and/or the Internet, to communicate with people outside the dwelling and to use services provided through these media.

There is growing interest in how cellphones have become the main form of telecommunication in most New Zealand households. In the 2006 Census, 74.2 percent of households were reported to have access to a cellphone. The percentage of households with landline telephone or cellphone access increased from 96.3 percent in 2001 to 97.9 percent in 2006.

Access to the Internet increased significantly between the 2001 and 2006 Censuses, with 60.5 percent of households having access in 2006 compared with 37.4 percent in 2001. The competitive Internet provider market has enabled many New Zealand households to access relatively cheap Internet service rates, coupled with the widespread availability of the more advanced broadband technology which allows for faster downloading.

Fax access showed a marginal increase since 2001 (from 25.3 percent in 2001 to 26.0 percent in 2006), but remains relatively low.

The percentage of households with no access to telecommunication systems had almost halved from 3.6 percent in 2001 to 2.0 percent in 2006. This result may be due to different modes of telecommunications and a competitive provider market.

Tables

28.0 Household access to phones, internet and fax, 2001, 2006

Specifications

  • Data source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings
  • Frequency: five yearly (available from 1996 onwards)
  • Geographic level of data availability: New Zealand, regional council, territorial authority and urban area. Data may be available down to area unit level subject to confidentiality.
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