Posts Tagged: LFC

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 …

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 …

How MyRepublic proved Gbps speeds aren’t required

Last week MyRepublic released a new Gbps UFB service which is aimed at the SME market and allows unlimited data usage at $499 p/month. Some comments made by Jesse Archer of Full Flavour to NBR relating to the news caught my eye, and while I am late to the party, I thought it worthwhile pointing …

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 …

Telcos and ISPs adding value through diversification

With the launch of Spark’s app store last week, the drive for Internet Service Providers/Telcos to find new sources of revenue was once again on display. The idea of an app store is not new – I know Amazon Web Services and Namecheap are already offering the same type of service, but it is a …

How to calculate the purchase price of an ISP

Callplus recently sold for 5.6 times EBITDA, Orcon was sold for $38m in 2013 to Warren Hurst and some private investors at a point where it was earning approximately $80m in revenue, but (I am told) was running at a loss. Callplus then picked Orcon up for approximately $30m in 2014. FX was bought for …

Working from home – for and against

The industry I work within has created an environment where working from home is now an option for many people, but what are the positives/negatives of taking up that option? DTS has been around for 13 years, and for the first 12 of those we never really allowed staff to work from home. On the …

How to make money as an ISP

Whether it is in Australia or New Zealand, recent changes to the telecommunications landscape have reduced margins on almost every product/service that the average ISP/Telco sells. Voice is all about call volumes, data is cheap, and the market is savvy. This fairly quick drop in margin, which has essentially taken place over a 24 month …