Unsurprisingly, the fastest city in NZ is Dunedin. Dunedin has the fastest internet in the country by a long shot and that is mostly due to the fact that after winning the Chorus Gigatown competition a couple of years back it actually became the city with the fastest internet speeds in the southern hemisphere! Well done Dunedin!
The latest figures from Chorus, the telecommunication network company, showed Dunedin is way out in front of other New Zealand centres, with an average connection speed of 196Mbps. That is RAPID. By comparison, North Shore - which sits in second place - had an average speed of 54Mbps. Almost a quarter of the speed average.
Auckland as a whole city has pretty fast internet connections and clocks in at 45.4Mbps, although this is lagging behind North Shore City, Rotorua District (52.8Mbps), and Porirua City (47.7Mbps). Manukau City came in behind Auckland at 45Mbps.
The New Zealand capital didn't make the top ten despite nearby centres Lower Hutt and Porirua placing.
Overall the cities all showed growth of over 50 per cent over the last 12 months, with Rotorua's connection speed jumping 84.6 per cent from 28.6Mbps to 52.8Mbps.
"The results show that New Zealanders are downloading, streaming TV and gaming at a huge rate," says Chorus network strategy manager Kurt Rodgers. "Our use of new technology is also driving the increase in speed. It doesn't matter whether you live in the cities or live rurally, content is flying into our homes faster due to newer technology such as high definition online television and more interactive and complex online games."
"As a nation our average data use is growing fast. Last year we chewed through 1.5 exabytes (or 1,500,000,000 gigabytes) of data. That's a lot of information, emails, movies, music, and more being bundled and carried all over the country," Rodgers said.
1. Dunedin City - 196.3Mbps
2. North Shore City - 54.3Mbps
3. Rotorua District - 52.8Mbps
4. Porirua City - 47.7Mbps
5. Auckland City - 45.4Mbps
6. Manukau City - 45Mbps
7. Lower Hutt City - 43.9Mbps
8. Masterton District - 43.4Mbps
9. Nelson City - 43Mbps
10. Papakura District - 42.7Mbps
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