The Pay Per User Model for Voice Solutions

Brendan Calling

Surely, this can’t be the best option? You only get value out of Teams Calling or any voice solution if all staff members can make and receive calls, internally and externally. However, there is one key factor limiting the adoption of mobile friendly and intuitive voice solutions like Teams Calling – namely the pay per […]

Sky to become NZ’s next ISP

Sky to become NZ’s next ISP

Sky NZ has been looking for a way out of its earnings and valuation spiral for some time. In a period of rapidly changing consumer behaviour, both in terms of purchasing and viewing patterns, Sky has been forced to innovate. Recent efforts to adapt to the changing landscape have seen the purchase of the entertainment […]

Vocus buys Stuff Fibre – a good move?

Stuff Fibre logo

In a move that sees Vocus grow its fixed line subs by 10% to 220,000, it is buying Stuff Fibre. Vocus is a company that grew rapidly between 2010 and 2016 through M&A activity, picking up Maxnet, FX, Nextgen, Amcom and M2 among others. This led to a confused mess of companies, each effectively acting […]

COVID-19 impact on the Telco Sector

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How will COVID-19 impact the telco sector?  Every business is feeling some level of strain under the impact of COVID-19, and telcos aren’t any different.  So how are telcos being affected? And what will determine how each one fares through this period?  Customer base  Businesses will continue to need internet and voice services while functioning, but many sectors […]

Lightwire to join new Christchurch Exchange

Lightwire first to join new Christchurch Exchange

Our friends at New Zealand Internet Exchange Inc (NZIX), a not-for-profit society providing carrier-neutral peering points across New Zealand, and have created a new exchange in Christchurch (CHC-IX). Lightwire is among the initial group of 6 Internet service providers and 2 content providers that are joining the exchange. Who is at the CHC-IX now or […]

Let’s talk about offshoring

offshoring

A couple of things have piqued my interest in offshoring this week, the first being that Fonterra is going to ditch Datacom in favour of either Tata or HCL, both massive multi-nationals. The other, related to an experience when dealing with Vodafone’s new offshore-based wholesale provisioning team which did not go well. Off the bat, […]

Local Fibre Companies follow path set by Chorus

nz fibre

Just before Christmas the Local Fibre Companies (LFCs) contracted to the Crown to roll out UFB to 30% of NZ, including major centres such as Christchurch and Hamilton, released their joint discussion paper detailing their approach to unbundled fibre design. First things first, I am going to stop referring to unbundled fibre and just start […]

Chorus news and implications for unbundled fibre

Chorus logo

Last week Chorus announced changes to the pricing of two of its most popular service variants. The table below details the price points and timelines announced by Chorus for the Max/500Mbps service:   2018 Mid-2019 Mid-2020 Residential $65 $60 $56 Business $75 $70 $66 Why reduce prices on this high-speed service? The anchor 100/20 BS2 […]

Chorus unbundled fibre design

Chorus launches UFB tail extensions

Unbundled fibre is coming, by 2020 it will be available for use by retail service providers. What that means for end users is uncertain, in fact what it means for telcos is uncertain, but key details are starting to emerge. Chorus recently released their product roadmap and technical document for this product, and while all […]

Spark is in more places than you think

Spark Office

When most consumers think of Spark brands, I assume they would think of the home and business offerings of Spark and Spark Digital, but through a spate of investments and acquisitions, consumers may well find themselves contributing to Sparks success without realising it. In recent years there has been well documented acquisitions by Spark of […]

AusNOG 2018 presentation – NZ UFB post 2020

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At this years Australian Network Operators Group conference there was a record number of attendees with almost 300 people taking part. Of those 300, probably half of them made it back after lunch on the last day to see me speak. I have provided the link to my slides below for an overview of the […]

NZ MVNO market

MVNO market

With the Commerce commission currently conducting a review into the status of the mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) market in New Zealand, it seems timely to weigh in to the debate. Vocus is one of the largest MVNOs in New Zealand, and we would expect that if the market was viable it would be making […]