Vocus and M2 win with merger, who loses?

Hot on the heels of the Callplus acquisition by M2, and the hotly contested (by TPG) purchase of Amcom by Vocus, it has now emerged that Vocus is set to merge with M2 in a script deal (assuming shareholders agree, which seems likely) With revenue of $1.12 billion, M2 is the larger entity when compared …

Are retail broadband prices set to drop further?

A few weeks back, CommsDay commented on the fact that MyRepublic’s 2011 entry into Singapore resulted in a massive drop in broadband prices there, particularly at the 1Gbps level, where incumbent ISP StarHub was forced to reduce its offering from S$395 per month to S$69.90 in the span of just half a year. Are there …

Direct Release notes 4/9/2015 – Call records (CDR) stats page

We have been hard at work adding new functionality to Direct – our user portal. In the latest release of Direct we have added some great reporting tools to help you view your call usage history with greater ease. You can now see call statistics classified by: mobile national international tollfree inbound special number inbound …

Chorus UFB tail extension plans (and why it makes me angry)

Chorus intends to supply UFB services to retail service providers (RSP’s) with tail extensions, much in the same way that it does at present with copper services. Tail extensions are an industry term used to describe the cost Chorus charges RSP’s for handing a tail circuit off to an RSP when that RSP doesn’t have …

Direct Release Notes – 19/08/2015

In this release, we deliver 2 new features, please find the detail as below: 1. Change Control Request for managed infrastructure clients DTS can create and send change control requests to clients where the client owns the infrastructure and has requested DTS to make a change on their behalf. This is an extension of our own internal …

Why we don’t sell to residential users

A couple of times in our history, DTS has toyed with the idea of diverging from our business/government only focus and entering the residential market. Nowadays though, it is a simple decision, there is no way we will enter that space. Why? Well, firstly, because it would be really hard to do, and if we …

Application development is key

At the Sydney CIO summit this week there was a heavy focus, not surprisingly, on business improvement through the development of applications and automation of processes. For internet service providers, automation and efficiency is especially important as we are faced with dropping margins and the resulting need to gain scale. CIO’s, or CEO’s in smaller …

Game Of Thrones Questions (spoiler alert)

Warning! Mega spoiler alert! seriously, if you haven’t finished season 5 yet, stop reading this. With another GOT season over, one that was again as full of surprises as it was with people getting killed, I have had some time to digest it and try and make some sense of it all. But I can’t. …

Why did Vodafone acquire Worldxchange?

Vodafone, the second biggest Telco in the NZ market, has followed on from their purchase of TelstraClear with a smaller, but similar, move in acquiring Worldxchange (WxC). So what was Vodafone’s motivation here? Vodafone have committed to move to Broadsoft, a vendor that WxC works with and knows well. This brings key knowledge in-house and …