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New Zealand’s fibre unbundling feedback howl

On Thursday Chorus released its proposed unbundled fibre pricing for industry feedback. Would-be unbundlers responded with a noise resembling what you might hear when placing an electric guitar in front of an amplifier: a loud howl. This was always going to happen. New Zealand’s telecommunications regulations mean that the fibre networks must, by law, be […]

Sky TV fights piracy battle that’s already been won

Sky TV launched legal action in a bid to force ISPs to block access to streaming and video download websites. As you’d expect, the move didn’t go down well with the industry. At least two ISPs say they will fight Sky in court. Sky sent notice that it will seek court orders for Spark, Vodafone, […]

Vocus NZ sale and broadband competition

Last week Spark boss Simon Moutter told shareholders at the company’s AGM it is cheaper to win customers through merger and acquisition than through market efforts. The NBR reports him saying: “We expect to see, and participate in, significant consolidation of the retail broadband industry over the next couple of years. Give that Vocus NZ […]

Vocus New Zealand on the block as Aussies bail

Vocus is preparing its New Zealand assets, which include mobile, broadband, and energy offerings, for sale by June 2018, while also exploring the sale of its ‘non-core Australian assets’ including datacentres. Source: Vocus to sell New Zealand assets | ZDNet The Australian parent is in trouble. As is so often the case, the people at […]

Why carriers might want to embrace Commerce Commission study, MVNOs

Earlier this year Communications Minister Simon Bridges wrote to the Commerce Commission asking it to investigate competition in the mobile market. Last Friday the Commerce Commission confirmed the study will go ahead. The Commerce Commission says study aims to “better understand how mobile markets are developing and performing, particularly around the competitive landscape and any […]