Posts Tagged: 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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

2015 Wrap

After a year that is a blur of travel, time in the office, too many spreadsheets, wins, losses, and market changes, it is time for my last post for 2015. So, what’s happened this year? The market Big companies bought other companies, and a few merged. In general, the market continued to consolidate, with Vocus …

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 …