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 …

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 …

Chorus to increase revenue/influence in market shake up

Eight months ago I wrote this post about the announcement Chorus had made to create tail extensions as an add-on for UFB services. In case you haven’t got the time to click the link above, here is some background I gave back in August 2015: Tail extensions are an industry term used to describe the …

Direct release notes – 24/03/2016

Hi all, a new release is out for Direct, this time focusing on invoice visibility. Pleae note, we will continue to send you invoices each month, this feature is in addition to that process. In the Accounts Details page of Direct you will find an invoice section, this has now been updated to present the …

Chorus pushing away business with security review

I had heard some rumblings in the industry in recent weeks about Chorus reviewing its financial security arrangements with retail service providers (RSP’s) and then coming to them asking for 2 x their monthly spend as security. Today our account manager asked us for just that. The official line is that they are doing this …

Australia: Good to be an ISP/bad to be an end user

At the APRICOT conference this week it has been interesting to meet so many people that operate outside of Australia or NZ that have assumed Australia would provide better internet options for end users than NZ. This assumption is completely wrong and Australia will be hard pressed to catch up to NZ within the next …