Posts Tagged ‘Telecom’

Telecom and Crown Fibre ultra fast broadband hold up

Monday, July 4th, 2011

A deadline to agree where the fibre for the new Ultra Fast Broadband network will be layed down has been missed. The plan was meant to be agreed on within 30 days of Telecom securing its $929 million contract with the Crown, which happened on May 24.

Telecom spokesman Ian Bonnar has said the delay is because they are working through settling on the final stages of the agreement.

“We want to make sure that we have a plan that meets the Crown’s objectives to target high-priority customers and will be delivered on time, ” said Bonnar, going on to say,

“We believe a fundamental key to successful projects is that a little more time spent up front planning significantly increases the likelihood that outcomes will be delivered on time and in full.”

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Wellington & Christchurch to benefit from UFB price war

Monday, May 30th, 2011

Ultra Fast Broadband is expected to be available to the greater Wellington region by 2019, with priority given to schools, hospitals and other “priority users” which are scheduled to be fully connected by 2015.

Wellington and Christchurch are set to benefit most due to the presence of TelstraClear’s popular triple-play InHome cable network. The product is a direct competitor to Telecom’s new network.

TelstraClear chief executive Allan Freeth has said,

“We are here to stay and compete hard and we are certainly not scared of fibre. Are they going to lower the price? Well, I can lower the price.”

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Telecom fights the inevitable?

Friday, January 21st, 2011

Stuff reports that Telecom has apparently ‘run out of time’ to split into two separate companies, but the company’s shareholders will be asked to vote on the company division if it gets to play a part in building the UFB network (the government’s ultrafast broadband initiative).

Previous indications were that it could be split by June, but that isn’t the case anymore as the UFB network vote would have to have happened by the end of 2010.

Telecom faces some competition in its bid for the UFB network from the alliance of electricity lines and fibre companies, RFG.

Another announcement from Telecom is due next month.

End of Telecom’s CDMA era

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Telecom has now turned off its “WorldMode“, meaning that mobile phone users on the CDMA network will now find themselves without a network when overseas, reports the Dom Post.

Whilst the move may have lost Telecom some customers, spokesperson Emma-Kate Greer said all but 3 percent of Telecom’s customers had already made the switch, and Telecom had made efforts to contact its users around the world who were still using the technology when the network was switched off.

In its place, Telecom has the XT network which began in June 2009.  It has plans to completely close the CDMA network in 2012.