At the recent telcon9 conference in Auckland, Michael Cranna, managing director of Epitiro Technologies had some interesting things to say about our broadband. Epitiro is a global provider of broadband benchmarking data and hence is apparently as neutral as they come. While Cranna admitted that we’re a work in progress, his comments give some cause for optimism. Key points;
- Our focus should shift from penetration to speed (a contention that I don’t 100% agree with)
- Our current average BB speed is 3Mbps which is comparable to the UK (but behind Australia)
- Our results are close to the international benchmark
- Our planned, and announced future investment put us “up there” with the rest of the world
There were criticisms, but Cranna said our new regulatory framework puts us in a good position going forward – at last some optimism!