NZ broadband delivering great video streaming experience for consumers: govt report

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The New Zealand Commerce Commission recently issued a second report from its enhanced broadband monitoring program, showing that most New Zealanders are able to reliably stream high-definition (HD) video, such as Netflix and YouTube, most of the time.

The Measuring Broadband New Zealand (MBNZ) Autumn Report, from independent testing firm SamKnows, includes speed and performance comparisons across copper (ADSL and VDSL), fibre (Fibre 100 and Fibre Max) and fixed wireless technologies.

Commenting on the report, the Telecommunications Commissioner, Dr Stephen Gale said: “Fibre plans perform the best, being able to deliver 4k video streaming from Netflix over 99% of the time. We are pleased that all technologies are delivering a good video streaming experience – even ADSL, the slowest technology, is capable of delivering HD video around 75% of the time. However, for households with multiple people streaming, downloading files, or gaming at the same time, fibre plans will give the best results.”

Future MBNZ reports will also break down these video streaming results to compare how providers are performing against each other.