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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.
Please note: Stats NZ has given Access to telecommunication systems data for the 2018 Census a quality rating of "moderate". This indicates there may be some minor issues looking at the comparisons to 2013 and 2006. Users should avoid concluding that any change in the categories is purely due to real world change. See Stats NZ’s DataInfo+ for specific information on what this rating means and recommendations for use.
'Mark as many spaces as you need to show which of these are available here in this dwelling; a cellphone/mobile phone, a telephone, internet access'
|Connection type - multi-response||Number||% of households||North Island %||Number||% of households||North Island %||2013 to 2018|
|Access to a cellphone/mobile phone||162,234||87.5||84.3||143,781||81.6||79.1||+18,453|
|Access to a telephone||105,648||57.0||56.6||143,184||81.3||80.2||-37,536|
|Access to the internet||154,536||83.4||79.2||136,011||77.2||72.5||+18,525|
|No access to telecommunication systems||1,491||0.8||1.1||2,187||1.2||1.6||-696|
|Telecommunications access - Totals|
|Telecommunication - totals - multi-response||Number||% of households||North Island %||Number||% of households||North Island %||2013 to 2018|
The largest changes in access to telecommunications in the Wellington Region, between 2013 and 2018 were:
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