Most New Zealanders can reliably stream high definition video most of the time according to the Commerce Commission’s second new style broadband monitoring report.

Telecommunications Commissioner Dr Stephen Gale says; “Fibre plans perform the best, being able to deliver 4k video streaming from Netflix over 99 percent of the time”. 

SamKnows, which conducts testing for the Commerce Commission, produced the Measuring Broadband New Zealand Autumn Report. It includes speed and performance comparisons across copper, both ADSL and VDSL, fibre and fixed wireless technologies.

All the technologies perform well, but there is a clear winner. Gale says; “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 percent 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.”

Users on New Zealand’s UFB network’s “Fibre Max”, that is gigabit broadband services, saw average speeds of 550.3 Mbps during the three month period, and 524.7 Mbps during peak times.

Meanwhile users on the 100 Mbps fibre plans achieved speeds of 93.2 Mbps, and 91.3 Mbps during peak times. This compares to 41.8 Mbps and 40.9 Mbps for VDSL, 24.3 Mbps and 18 Mbps for fixed wireless. The few remaining users on ADSL saw 9.3 Mbps and 9.1 Mbps.