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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …