What telecommunications services do we have?
Derived from the Census question, "Mark as many spaces as you need to show which of these are available here in this dwelling; a cellphone/mobile phone (that is here all or most of the time), a telephone, fax access, Internet access, none of these."
Telecommunication and Internet statistics indicate the ability of residents in a private dwelling to communicate with people outside the dwelling and to use services provided through these media. Communication information is also used, in conjunction with other census variables, as a measure of social connectedness.
It is widely accepted that high speed internet access is an essential requirement to participate in the so-called "new economy" and households without internet service are increasingly being left behind in the information age, as both government and the private sector are increasingly conducting their business, or aspects of it, on-line.
Telecommunication and Internet statistics are also used, in conjunction with other Census variables, as a measure of social connectedness.
|Usual residence||number||%||Wellington Region %||number||%||Wellington Region %||2001 to 2006
|Access to a cellphone/mobile phone||51,396||75.9||73.7||
|Access to a fax machine||13,224||19.5||20.4||14,640||23.7||22.4||-1,416
|Access to a telephone||61,284||90.5||89.9||58,143||94.1||94.0||3,141
|Access to the internet||46,929||69.3||63.2||31,254||50.6||42.8||15,675
|No access to telecommunication systems||855||1.3||1.6||1,131||1.8||2.6||-276
|Not elsewhere included||2,595||3.8||3.4||2,484||4.0||3.3||111
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2006, 2001 and 1996.
Please refer to the specific data notes for more information.
This dataset measures whether a household has access to: a cellphone/mobile phone (that is in the dwelling all or most of the time), a telephone, a fax and/or the Internet, to communicate with people outside the dwelling and to use services provided through these media. This requires the device to be in working order and for there to be a working connection.
All households in occupied private dwellings are included, except for visitor only households.
In 2001, no data were collected on access to cellular/mobile phones, so these data are only available for 2006.
In 1996, no information was collected on access to cellphones, the internet or fax machines, so only telephone access is comparable between 1996 and 2006.
Access to telecommunications is a multiple-response variable, so the total number of responses is normally considerably in excess of the total population. Percentages are calculated from the total population and will add to greater than 100%.
Analysis of access to telecommunications in Wellington City in 2006 compared to Wellington Region shows that there was a higher proportion of households with access to the internet, as well as higher proportion of households with access to a cell/mobile phone.
Overall, 69.3% of households had access to the internet in Wellington City, compared with 63.2% for Wellington Region.
The major difference between telecommunications and internet statistics for households in Wellington City and Wellington Region is:
- A larger percentage of Access to the internet (69.3% compared to 63.2%).
The largest changes in access to telecommunications in Wellington City between 2001 and 2006 were:
- Access to the internet (+15,675 households);
- Access to a telephone (+3,141 households);
- Access to a fax machine (-1,416 households), and;
- No access to telecommunication systems (-276 households).