Communications in New ZealandCommunications in New Zealand are fairly typical for an industrialized nation.
Telephones - main lines in use: 1.92 million (2000)
excellent international and domestic systems
domestic: Individual lines available to 99% of residences. Electronic exchanges, optical fibre and microwave links between cities and submarine optical fibre cables between North Island and South Island. Two network operators as well as several alternative toll service providers.
international: submarine cables to Australia and Fiji; satellite earth stations - 2 Intelsat (Pacific Ocean)
Radios: 3.75 million (1997)
Television broadcast stations: 41 (plus 52 medium-power repeaters and over 650 low-power repeaters) (1997)
- These transmit 4 nationwide free-to-air networks as well as 3 nationwide UHF pay TV networks and a few regional or local single transmitter stations.
- Digital Satellite pay TV is also available and carries most terrestrial networks.
- Cable TV is available in some urban areas in conjunction with telephone services.
Televisions: 1.926 million (1997)
Internet Service Providers (ISPs): 36 (2000)
Internet users: 2.06 million (2002)
Country code (Top level domain): NZ