Posts Tagged: crown fibre

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 …

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 …

Direct release notes – 18/02/2016

Hi all, the first release of 2016 for our user portal “Direct” has been applied, so here is a bit of a rundown on the new features. We are continuing to focus on adding functionality and visibility for our end users, and this week we have specifically focused on our channel partners. Verse IP Telephony …

When to price match

As Bill Bennett recently stated in an article on the NZ Telco Levy, the telco game is not one with high margins. Prices have dropped massively in the last few years, and they seem to be falling further despite regulated costs. So, in a market full of increasingly desperate players seeking to gain market share …

South Pacific undersea cable market heating up

We had some big news this week as we learned of a third undersea cable, the Moana, which will be built by Alcatel-Lucent and will connect NZ to Hawaii. With a fair bit happening in this space, I thought it would be a good idea to provide a brief overview of the current plays and …