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Telecommunication access

In 2013, 82.9% of homes in the Wellington City 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
Wellington City20132006Change
Connection type - multi-responseNumber% of householdsWellington Region %Number% of householdsWellington Region %2006 to 2013
Access to a cellphone/mobile phone
59,13383.381.651,39375.973.7+7,740
Access to a fax machine
7,11610.011.113,22419.520.4-6,108
Access to a telephone
55,58178.381.361,28190.589.9-5,700
map this data in atlas.idAccess to the internet58,87582.977.246,92969.363.2+11,946
No access to telecommunication systems
7231.01.28551.31.6-132

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
Wellington City20132006Change
Telecommunication - totals - multi-responseNumber% of householdsWellington Region %Number% of householdsWellington Region %2006 to 2013
Not stated/included2,9854.24.42,5983.83.4+387
Total households71,004100.0100.067,710100.0100.0+3,294
Total responding households68,01995.895.665,11296.296.6+2,907
Total responses184,413259.7256.9176,280260.3252.2+8,133

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, Wellington City: 1.0% Access to the internet, Wellington City: 82.9% Access to a telephone, Wellington City: 78.3% Access to a fax machine, Wellington City: 10.0% Access to a cellphone/mobile phone, Wellington City: 83.3%
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, Wellington City: -132 Access to the internet, Wellington City: +11,946 Access to a telephone, Wellington City: -5,700 Access to a fax machine, Wellington City: -6,108 Access to a cellphone/mobile phone, Wellington City: +7,740
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 Wellington City compared to the Wellington Region shows that there was a higher proportion of households with access to the internet, as well as a higher proportion of households with access to a cell/mobile phone.

Overall 82.9% of households had with access to the internet, and 83.3% 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 Wellington City, between 2006 and 2013 were:

  • Access to the internet (+11,946 households)
  • Access to a cellphone/mobile phone (+7,740 households)
  • Access to a fax machine (-6,108 households)

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