Telecom makes last ditch offer to rivals to prevent unbundling

17 Nov 2003

Telecom New Zealand surprised debaters at a Wellington-based conference on the unbundling of its network by outlining a deal for its competitors that it claims will make unbundling unnecessary. Telecom is offering rivals such as TelstraClear links to customers on better terms and at a lower price in an attempt to stave off the opening up of its copper line network. TelstraClear, for its part, claims that the current proposed unbundling will prove of little assistance in its quest to take on Telecom in the residential market and is instead lobbying for access to the incumbent’s bitstream, which would allow it to buy a whole voice and data service from Telecom without having to install its own equipment.

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