Fixed-line marketThe fixed-line networks are owned by wholesale companies, responsible for maintaining lines and installations. Fixed-line broadband and telephone services are primarily provided through copper-based networks (mainly owned by Chorus). Retailers like Spark and Vodafone then sell telecommunication services to consumers. In the recent financial year, Spark NZ’s EBITDA exceeded one billion New Zealand dollars, reinforcing its position as the largest telecommunication service provider in the country.
High-speed internet is becoming more and more critical, not only for consumers but also for businesses in almost every industry. There has been a push by the New Zealand Government to provide faster and more reliable broadband via the ultra-fast broadband program (UFB), which is responsible for the fiber network being rolled out in cities and larger towns, replacing the copper network.