DTS joins Megaport Fabric

“Megaport’s fabric allows DTS to cost effectively utilise our universal tier 1 access to NZ ultra-fast broadband (UFB) services by opening up access to Australian wholesale demand. Not only that, Megaport extends the reach of our network, they help us cost effectively connect to our Australian wholesale clients plus the elastic nature of the service …

GIGABIT PER SECOND CONNECTIONS?

What speeds can you really expect with your new 1Gbps circuit? Late last year ISPANZ published a paper briefly outlining their position and what performance you are likely to receive. Please have a look at it, I think they’re right.  — Steve Ritchie. INTERNER SERVICE PROVIDERS ASSOCIATION OF NEW ZEALAND PP 002 Issue 1.0 November …

Chorus still pushing away business

About this time last year we wrote a blog piece about Chorus reviewing its financial security arrangements with retail service providers (RSPs) like DTS, and asking RSPs to pay twice their monthly spend with Chorus as a security. A year on, Chorus is still making this demand. Frankly, it’s ridiculous, and here’s why. It’s hard …

The threats to telco IP voice revenue

Everyone in the IT industry understands (or should) that it is constantly evolving and traditional revenue models are therefore constantly at risk. In this post I look at IP voice, or VOIP, and look at how this segment is changing. As it stands today, a very significant portion of DTS’s revenue is derived from the …

CommComm and the NZ backhaul review

New Zealand’s Commerce Commission recently announced a study of telecommunications backhaul services, so I am going to throw the little insight I have into the mix. Two actions by Chorus have acted as catalysts to get us to this point: It announced plans to reduce the number of required UFB points of interconnect to 5, …

Unbundling UFB – NZ wholesale/retail changes post 2020

While there is very little detail as to the form it would take, Chorus is at this point looking to launch an unbundled UFB (GPON) offering from 2020. This is in line with the NZ Government’s recent statements that unbundling requirements will kick in after 2020 to promote innovation on the UFB network. Unbundling UFB …

Vodafone NZ/Sky merger is good news for its competitors

By now you likely know the news, but here is a brief recap as reported by the National Business Review today: Under the deal, UK-based Vodafone will own 51% of a combined Sky TV and Vodafone New Zealand, which will be headed by Vodafone NZ chief executive Russell Stanners. The transaction involves Sky paying Vodafone …

UFB business services – how much are ISPs making?

In this post I look at how much money is actually being generated by ISPs in NZ from selling UFB business services, uptake of UFB business services, and a few other bits and pieces. According to Statistics NZ, as of October 2015, there were 1,661,000 residential broadband connections in NZ, and 316,000 business or government …

DTS 50 (not out) in Ashburton

Wikipedia tells me that Ashburton township has a population of 19,600, with an additional 12,400 living in the wider district. The town is the 23rd largest urban area in New Zealand and the third-largest urban area in the Canterbury Region, after Christchurch and Timaru. That means Ashburton is small. Yet DTS now provides 50 businesses …

Rumour mill – A 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. This post isn’t about determining which ISP that may be, or if the rumour is accurate in this case, but rather, I am making the point that no …