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Telecommunications
UFB unbundling now less likely post 2020
The current regulated price points ensure that ISP’s of all sizes are paying the same rate for the fibre that end users have available.
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Telecommunications
The less tangible cost of Vocus New Zealand
"I have lost count of how many times a former FX/Orcon/Callplus employee has told me that they “don’t have visibility” of billing ."
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Chorus
Has Chorus broken the law?
Chorus may have broken the law, or at least proved that they can beat it.
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Commerce Commission
How smaller Kiwi telcos are gaining market share
But why are we seeing an increase in market share by the smaller telcos at a time where fewer and fewer exist?
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Commerce Commission
Who is going to buy Vocus NZ?
The Vocus Group is reportedly looking for $500 million for its NZ assets as it tries to decrease debt and steady the ship.
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Telecommunications
What will a telco be worth in 2018?
Big telcos buy small ones, and in recent years this has happened at a rapid rate in New Zealand, which means there are now fewer left to buy.
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Commerce Commission
Spark buys Digital Island – a good move?
I wasn’t inclined to believe that Spark would leave Digital Island to act as an independent brand as part of its wholesale and ventures division.
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Chorus
When are HSNS tail extensions going to be a thing?
Chorus HSNS pricing makes no sense and makes the product harder to buy.
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Open source
Is the end of open source VoIP in sight? Five reasons why it's on the way out
Beware of partner programs that allow more established suppliers of the same solution to undercut new providers.
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Internet
The Commerce Commission and the New Zealand backhaul review
Should Chorus be allowed to compete in the wholesale backhaul market? Yes, absolutely they should.
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Chorus
Unbundling UFB – NZ wholesale/retail changes post 2020
If unbundling can be done well, big players could gain a distinct advantage against the smaller players in the market.
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Telecommunications
Vodafone NZ/Sky merger is good news for its competitors
This is good news for DTS and any other business focused ISP. Everything coming out of Vodafone and Sky seems to relate to the consumer market.
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DTS
UFB business services – how much are ISPs really making?
How much money is being generated by ISPs in NZ from selling UFB business services, uptake of UFB business services and a few other bits and pieces?
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Trustpower
Rumour mill – New Zealand-based ISP about to fail
The IT industry loves a good gossip, and in recent weeks I have heard multiple times that a fairly sizeable ISP in NZ is close to failing.
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Chorus
Chorus pushing away business with security review
I had heard some rumblings about Chorus reviewing its financial security arrangements, asking for double the usual amount - today they did just that.
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Internet
Australia: Good to be an ISP/bad to be an end user
Many people think Australia provides better Internet options for businesses, but this assumption is completely wrong.
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Internet
When should you price match?
Brendan Ritchie's basis for choosing whether or not to match the competitions pricing.
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Hawaiki Cable
South Pacific undersea cable market heating up
Big news this week as we learned of a third undersea cable, the Moana, which will be built by Alcatel-Lucent and will connect NZ to Hawaii.
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Gigatown
How MyRepublic proved Gbps speeds aren’t required
MyRepublic understands that there just isn’t demand for Gbps speeds in the SME space.
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Vocus
Vocus and M2 win with merger, who loses?
What next for Vocus? Is 2degrees of interest? A mobile network would certainly cover off all of the key market segments nicely (albeit only in NZ).
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Hawaiki Cable
Are retail broadband prices set to drop further?
Are there any changes that could further reduce retail broadband prices in New Zealand?
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Television
Game of Thrones - we have questions (spoiler alert)
I have had some time to digest it and try and make some sense of it all. But I can’t.
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Telecommunications
Why did Vodafone acquire Worldxchange?
Vocus, WxC’s current provider of IP transit (according to the ISP map) will lose out as WxC will have their transit agreements migrated to Vodafone.
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Telecommunications
Telcos and ISPs adding value through diversification
With the launch of Spark’s app store last week, the drive for ISPs/telcos to find new sources of revenue was once again on display.