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Telecommunication access

In 2013, 65.6% of homes in the Masterton District had access to the internet.

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 such as Education, Household Income and Age Structure, to measure of social connectedness.

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.'

Multi-response

Occupied private dwellings

Telecommunications access
Masterton District20132006Change
Connection type - multi-responseNumber% of householdsWellington Region %Number% of householdsWellington Region %2006 to 2013
Access to a cellphone/mobile phone7,33277.181.66,03967.973.7+1,293
Access to a fax machine1,22412.911.11,98022.320.4-756
Access to a telephone7,81882.281.37,82188.089.9-3
Access to the internet6,24065.677.24,50050.663.2+1,740
No access to telecommunication systems1801.91.21892.11.6-9

Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2006 and 2013. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.

Telecommunications access - Totals
Masterton District20132006Change
Telecommunication - totals - multi-responseNumber% of householdsWellington Region %Number% of householdsWellington Region %2006 to 2013
Not stated/included3573.84.42162.43.4+141
Total households9,507100.0100.08,889100.0100.0+618
Total responding households9,15096.295.68,67397.696.6+477
Total responses23,151243.5256.920,745233.4252.2+2,406

Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2006 and 2013. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.

Telecommunication access, 2013
Telecommunication access, 2013 No access to telecommunication systems, Wellington Region: 1.2% Access to the internet, Wellington Region: 77.2% Access to a telephone, Wellington Region: 81.3% Access to a fax machine, Wellington Region: 11.1% Access to a cellphone/mobile phone, Wellington Region: 81.6% No access to telecommunication systems, Masterton District: 1.9% Access to the internet, Masterton District: 65.6% Access to a telephone, Masterton District: 82.2% Access to a fax machine, Masterton District: 12.9% Access to a cellphone/mobile phone, Masterton District: 77.1%
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2013
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.
Change in telecommunication access, 2006 to 2013
Change in telecommunication access, 2006 to 2013 No access to telecommunication systems, Masterton District: -9 Access to the internet, Masterton District: +1,740 Access to a telephone, Masterton District: -3 Access to a fax machine, Masterton District: -756 Access to a cellphone/mobile phone, Masterton District: +1,293
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2006 and 2013
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the type of internet connection of households in the Masterton District compared to the Wellington Region shows that there was a lower proportion of households with access to the internet, as well as a lower proportion of households with access to a cell/mobile phone.

Overall 65.6% of households had with access to the internet, and 77.1% had access to a cell/mobile phone, compared with 77.2% and 81.6% respectively in the Wellington Region.

Note: Percentages(%) are based on total population

Emerging groups

The largest changes in access to telecommunications in the Masterton District, between 2006 and 2013 were:

  • Access to the internet (+1,740 households)
  • Access to a cellphone/mobile phone (+1,293 households)
  • Access to a fax machine (-756 households)

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