Monday, May 23, 2011

Telecom selected for 70% of UFB share

The government have selected Telecom to provide fibre to approximately 70% of the UFB coverage area including Auckland, the lower North Island, and most of the South Island. This equates to 24 of the candidate areas that the soon to be de-merged Chorus, Telecom's access network arm, will provide fibre to.

Enable Networks, a subsidiary of Christchurch City Holdings, won the bid for the Christchurch and Rangiora region. Chorus however intends to enter negotiations with Enable to take up to a 50% stake in that area.

In addition, Telecom has signaled that it is willing to talk to the other Crown fibre winners about working together.

See the Telecom media release here, and the Crown Fibre Holdings press release here.

Read More (NZ Herald)
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Friday, October 29, 2010

Labour to review regulatory exemption in first term

Stuff.co.nz posted an article stating that the Labour government if it came to power in its first term would look to review and exemption to the Telecommunications Act that prevents UFB being regulated for the first 10 years.

The exemption is there to provide certainty to partners from the private sector investing in UFB according to Communications Minister Stephen Joyce, and the effect of removing the exemption could be to drive up prices for UFB.

Click the link below to read more.

Read More (Stuff.co.nz)

Kordia an option for UFB backhaul?

Kordia's recent victory over TelstraClear to light up more fibre in their jointly owned network presents another backhaul option for the government in their $1.5b UFB initiative Stuff.co.nz reports.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

And the winners are...

A Computerworld article takes a look at the three tenders to pass the first hurdle for UFB contracts. The first three companies are Northpower, Central North Island Consortium, and Alpine Energy.

Click the link below to learn more about these three companies.

Read More (Computerworld)

UFB. Where does Telecom fit?

Another opinion article this time by Scoop discussing the role of the small regional fibre groups in the UFB plan, the scale of the work they've committed themselves to, what it all means for Telecom.

Click the link below to see more.

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UFB still a risky prospect?

Stuff.co.nz have posted an opinion piece stating that despite the election win of the Australian Labour Party, which in turn is a vote to move forward with the Australian National Broadband Network (NBN), UFB still seems like a shakey proposition for New Zealand.

While admitting it's important New Zealand keep pace with Australia, in the current economic times few governments are in a position to invest in building a fast broadband network while at the same time they pare back other state services. This includes Britain, Europe, and the US where voter support is lacking.

An interesting perspective, click the link below to read more.

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Telecom Structural Separation Discussion

The Ministry of Economic Development have posted a document discussing the structural separation of Telecom and are seeking views from interested parties.

See the link below for more information. Submissions are due by 5:00pm on the 15th October 2010.

Read More (MED)