DTS company update

DTS customers and other readers may be aware that our CEO Brendan Ritchie resigned in late November 2016 and has moved on to pursue other interests. As a result, Steve Ritchie and Colin South will be returning to the company full-time and will resume their original roles; Steve as Managing Director and Colin as Technical …

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 …

Business demand for #Gignation UFB low

I travelled around NZ last week, meeting with clients and channel partners. At each meeting I tried to gauge the level of interest these businesses have in the new Gbps/500Mbps BS2a UFB service from Chorus, and the answer seems to be, “not much.” The business owners are typically keen to have it at their home, …

Excited about the Chorus #Gignation service? I’m not.

With no additional profit to be made, network changes required, and no current demand driven case to be made for the service being required, I can’t imagine any ISP greeted the news of the new Gbps UFB service from Chorus with any real enthusiasm. For every ISP in NZ, this new service will increase demand …

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 …

Channel partner payments streamlined

DTS is now paying channel partners faster, and we are providing greater access to detail showing how payments are calculated, with partners now able to log in to view payment history and client totals 24/7. Our payments are generous, and the process required to receive payment is now very simple. These improvements come as part …

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 …